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Autopsy finds broken bones in Epstein's neck, deepening questions around his death

An employee checks a visitor outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday Aug. 13 2019 in New York An employee checks a visitor outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday Aug. 13 2019 in New York
Patty Aguilar | 16 August, 2019, 16:52

An autopsy of the financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died in an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, found his neck had been broken in several places, according to two law enforcement sources.

Those familiar with the autopsy told the newspaper the broken bones included the hyoid bone, which is near the Adam's apple.

Experts say the injury can be associated with suicide or strangulation. Epstein was found in his cell by guards having apparently hung himself with a bedsheet.

The multimillionaire hedge fund manager had been jailed since early last month, awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of operating a sex trafficking ring from 2002 to 2005 at his Manhattan mansion and his Palm Beach estate in which he paid girls as young as 14 for sex.

Epstein pleaded not guilty to all charges against him but would have faced up to 45 years in prison, had he been convicted.

A representative of the New York Medical Examiner's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"If I was him, I would have hired ... an old bald guy", he said. President Donald Trump himself has been peddling a baseless hypothesis that the Clintons were involved in Epstein's death to ensure that Bill, with whom Epstein was acquainted, was kept out of the story. "Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum", said Sampson.

The most recent accusations were contained in more than 2,000 pages of court documents unsealed last week in connection with a civil case that one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Giuffre, filed against Maxwell in 2015.

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Prosecutors also said there was a high risk he would use his wealth to flee.

The revelation of Epstein's neck injuries follows reports that officers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center broke protocol and failed to properly monitor him.

Berman said there were unanswered questions about the case, including whether Epstein's reported suicide attempt on July 23 was part of the investigations conducted by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the FBI, and the Department of Justice's inspector general. The victims of Epstein's worldwide sex trafficking ring deserve justice.

Epstein's apparent suicide occurred after he was previously found on July 23 unresponsive in his cell with marks on his neck and taken to a hospital, sources with knowledge of the episode told ABC News. That could include video evidence of the jail hallways, which may establish whether anyone entered Epstein's cell during the night he died; results of a toxicology screening to determine if there was any unusual substance in his body; and interviews with guards and inmates who were near his cell.

The circumstances of his death are under investigation.

The warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Centre has been temporarily reassigned and two guards put on administrative leave pending an investigation.

"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation", Federal Attorney-General William Barr said.

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