NEW YORK, NY (WWBT) - An American flag that turned up in Washington State in 2014 is believed to be the flag that was raised by firefighters above the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
NBC New York reports the finding comes after an investigation by the Everett, Washington Police Department, with assistance from forensic experts.
The flag disappeared from Ground Zero sometime during the lengthy site clean-up before a man dropped off a flag at an Everett fire station in 2014.
Exactly how the flag wound up in Everett, a city about 30 miles north of Seattle, remains a mystery.
After the flag was dropped off at the station, detectives began evaluating the flag, performing DNA analysis, photographic comparisons and eyewitness identification, all in an effort to confirm that the flag was the one seen in iconic images taken at Ground Zero after the devastating terrorist attacks.
"Our detectives concluded that there was enough compelling evidence to determine that this was likely the ground zero flag," Everett Police Chief Dan Templeman said.
According to NBC New York, the flag will be donated to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed and another 6,000 were injured in the 9/11 attacks, which was the deadliest terrorist attack in world history and the most devastating foreign attack on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the deadly attacks.