Workers at the Connecticut Forensic Science Laboratory in Meriden are helping New York City officials identify victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Forensic scientist Henry Lee, who used to run the laboratory and now serves as a consultant to state forensic scientists, said Connecticut experts are helping with DNA sampling.

“Our DNA scientists are helping New York extract some DNA from the victims’ belongings such as toothbrush, coffee mug, hair brush to help them set up a database so they can compare with the victim at the scene,” Lee told WFSB-TV.

Only 417 people are confirmed dead from the World Trade Center attacks, while 4,815 people remain missing.

Lee played the key role in developing the state’s $40 million forensic science complex in Meriden. The laboratories were accredited earlier this year by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.

— Associated Press