An autopsy has found that US financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the findings, deepening the suspicions about the circumstances of his death.
The office of New York City’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, completed an autopsy of Epstein’s body on Sunday. But Sampson listed the cause of his death as pending.
What we do know is that among the bones broken in Jeffrey Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensic experts and studies on the subject. However, they are much more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.
The details are the first findings to emerge from the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, who was in custody on charges of sex trafficking.
Guards found him in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in Manhattan early on Saturday morning and could not be revived.
Attorney General William Barr, whose department oversees the Bureau of Prisons facility where Epstein died, has described his death as an “apparent suicide”. Justice officials declined to comment on the new information from Epstein’s autopsy.
New York City’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson’s office did not comment on the injuries found in the autopsy.
The details add to the bizarre circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, which have launched a wave of questions about how he could have died in federal custody.
The revelation of Epstein’s neck injuries follows reports that officers at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre broke protocol and failed to monitor him properly.
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