Missing Since 9/11 Found Alive
Tue Aug 27,
7:26 PM ET
By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Two men listed for months as
missing in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade
Center have been discovered alive in area
hospitals, city officials said Tuesday.
In addition, the city medical examiner's office
said a revised list of the missing and dead is
expected to reflect at least five similar cases
when it is released next week.
"Tell everyone I'm alive and in good
health," said Albert Vaughan, 45, when
reached by telephone Tuesday at the Rockland
Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, where he has
been a patient.
Vaughan has been removed from the city's official
list of people missing after the attack, said
Ellen Borakove, spokeswoman for the city medical
examiner. She said another man, George Sims of
Newark, N.J., whose family recently learned he was
alive and in a New York hospital, has also been
removed from the list released last week.
Borakove said investigators have found at least
five other people on the city's missing list who
are alive, but she would not provide any
information about them.
Vaughan's sister, Claudia Benjamin, said her
family notified authorities shortly after Sept. 11
about her brother's disappearance. She said he had
been homeless for years before the terrorist
attack and had been living in subway stations.
The last time anyone in her family had seen him
was in the subway station below the World Trade
Center about a month before Sept. 11, Benjamin
"My daughters go to work about 8 in the
morning and they'd always say, 'Mom, I saw
Albert,'" Benjamin said. "But after the
World Trade Center thing, they didn't see him no
Benjamin said officials at a New York hospital
told her family about two months ago that her
brother was alive and in the hospital's custody.
He was later transferred to the psychiatric
hospital in Rockland County.
Vaughan said he had no recollection of the morning
of Sept. 11 and did not seem aware that his family
had feared he was dead.
Sims, of Newark, N.J., was found alive in an
undisclosed hospital, his family said. His mother,
Anna Sims, said her son may be suffering from
amnesia, though he remembered his birthdate and
enough of his Social Security ( news - web sites)
number for authorities to contact the family
earlier this month.
"He doesn't even know where he's at,"
Sims said. "He calls me 'Mrs. Sims.' He
doesn't even know me as 'my mother.'"
She said the family reported him missing Oct. 7
after hearing he might have been near the twin
Borakove said Sims was removed from the official
list after the New York Police Department advised
the medical examiner's office on Aug. 20 that Sims
The city last week released its list of 2,819
people killed or missing in the terrorist attack,
including Sims and Vaughn.
"They're constantly re-evaluating the whole
list," Borakove said.
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