According to city officials, Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy has been completed. However, the Medical Examiner’s Office says they need “further information” before determining a cause of death.
Sources told The New York Post that they will have a determination by early next week.
“Today, a medical examiner performed the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson in a statement Sunday night.
“The ME’s determination is pending further information at this time. At the request of those representing the decedent, and with the awareness of the federal prosecutor, I allowed a private pathologist (Dr. Michael Baden) to observe the autopsy examination. This is routine practice.”
Sampson added, “My office defers to the involved law enforcement agencies regarding other investigations around this death. Inquiries regarding the determination of the Chief Medical Examiner should be directed towards my office.”
Attempts to reach Dr. Baden, the city’s former chief medical examiner and a deputy chief medical examiner for Suffolk County, were not successful Sunday night. It was not immediately clear who he was working for at the time of the autopsy.
Federal officials claim that Jeffrey Epstein, 66, died of an apparent suicide inside his Manhattan jail cell early Saturday. A city official told the New York Times that the medical examiner believes the cause of death is suicide by hanging, but she needs more information before releasing her determination.
Epstein had been locked up since July on sex trafficking charges and was recently taken off suicide watch following an earlier attempt on his own life.
While there are cameras in the wing where the convicted pedophile was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, they are pointed towards areas outside the cells and not inside — so there’s no footage of Epstein taking his own life, according to sources familiar with the setup.
New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has toured the MCC, has said that she found it “very difficult to understand how something like this could have happened.”
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