Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy reveals multiple broken bones in neck, mystery deepens as cause of death still pending: Report
Findings in Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy has raised suspicions of foul play in the disgraced financier's death while in federal jail, according to The Washington Post. The report said that Epstein, who died on August 10, 2019 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York had more than one break in the bones on the neck, including his hyoid bone, also called the lingual bone or tongue-bone. In males, it is located near Adam's apple.
Forensic experts told the Post that while the injuries were consistent with those who die by hanging, it is also common in those who are strangled to death. Epstein had been found hanging in his cell by the guards. Attorney General William P. Barr described the sex offender's death as an apparent suicide. According to CBS News, which spoke to a source familiar to the situation, said sounds of shouting and shrieking were heard from his jail cell as corrections officers attempted to revive, saying, "breathe, Epstein, breathe." However, they failed to revive him and he was eventually rushed to a New York hospital where he was declared dead.
Epstein's estranged brother Mark was called by the authorities to identify the disgraced financier's body. Epstein's body was worked on by New York City’s chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson who listed the cause of death as "pending." She also did not comment on the injuries reported. Sources told the Post that Sampson is looking for information about the offender's condition before he died which could include footage of the hallways, toxicology reports as well as inmate and guard interviews.
Epstein's death has been surrounded by conspiracy theories and these findings come after reports that officers had not monitored Epstein diligently, who had been on suicide watch earlier. In fact, the news of his death was leaked almost 40 minutes before it was announced to the public. The first tweet announcing the 66-year-old's death was posted around 8:54 am by an ABC News reporter. However, around 38 minutes before that tweet, an anonymous user had confirmed the death on 4Chan. "[D]on't ask me how I know, but Epstein died an hour ago from hanging, cardiac arrest. Screencap this," read the message posted at 8:16 am.