Epstein autopsy shows broken neck bones: US media

Epstein autopsy shows broken neck bones: US media

- Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had broken bones in his neck after he was found dead in his jail cell in Manhattan, according to the Washington Post.

The newspaper reported that one of the fractures was in Epstein's hyoid bone, near the Adam's apple, which they said can happen in suicides by hanging. Such injuries can be associated with hanging suicides - especially in older individuals.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told ABC News there is nothing to suggest Epstein died in any manner other than suicide.

Epstein had been placed on suicide watch last month after an incident in the jail. Barr said Monday that there were "serious irregularities" at the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein took his own life this weekend as he awaited trial on charges he sexually abused underage girls. While the federal criminal charges against Epstein will likely end, prosecutors can still pursue suits against any of his accomplices, including his friend Ghislaine Maxwell.

Epstein's accusers told investigators that Emmy Tayler was part of the convicted pedophile's inner circle in the early 2000s, The Telegraph in the United Kingdom reported.

"Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum", it added, saying the case of death was "pending further study". Justice officials declined to comment on the new information from Epstein's autopsy.

Responding to the warden, Berman, a U.S. District Judge, wrote on August 12 that Epstein's death "is a tragedy to everyone involved in his [sex trafficking] case".

The guards on Epstein's unit the night of his death were reportedly working overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages.

Among those linked to Epstein in recent press reports are the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, the former prime minister of Israel, Ehud Barak, Prince Andrew, the second son of the Queen of England, clothing billionaire Leslie Wexner (whose fortune was managed by Epstein for almost 15 years) and several prominent Democratic politicians. He speculated that they were "probably overworked and fatigued" and said that overall, corrections officers in federal prisons were underpaid and exhausted.

While Attorney General William Barr has warned that Epstein's co-conspirators should not "rest easy" in the wake of his death, Maxwell - who would logically be next in line for prosecution, given her close involvement in the alleged trafficking as outlined in court documents - remains a free woman.

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.

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