In an updated report, an autopsy on the body of Jeffrey Epstein revealed he had several broken bones in his neck, including the hyoid bone. According to The Washington Post, the hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple, can be broken in a suicide by hanging—especially in older people, though it is more common in strangulation murders. His official death is still pending, the The Washington Post reported.
Epstein, who was 66 years old, was found hanging in his cell in an “apparent suicide” at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City on Saturday where he was being held on sex trafficking charges.
As FBI agents swept the cell where Epstein died of an apparent suicide, multiple reports said that the two guards on duty at the time of Epstein’s death fell asleep for hours and falsified records to cover it up. A former federal prison guard Jack Donson spoke with “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday saying he feels if someone wanted to commit suicide in a federal prison it can be accomplished in less than 10 mins. He said even if the officers did check on Epstein like they should have, “It wouldn’t make a difference and could still be done.”
His statement comes amid an array of conspiracy theories on the question of whether Epstein did commit suicide or if he was murdered. A person familiar with the investigation into Epstein’s death who wanted to remain anonymous, spoke to Associated Press reporters saying the guards who were on duty at the time of Epstein’s death are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on inmates every half-hour as required. They said the guards never made some of the checks noted in the log.
Federal investigators suspect the guards were asleep, according to a second person with knowledge of the investigation, who also remained anonymous. The details came amid new developments Wednesday in the fight over Epstein’s estate, with a woman filing a lawsuit claiming he raped her when she was a teenager in 2002.
Jennifer Araoz sued Epstein’s former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and three unnamed members of his staff, these are the first of many lawsuits expected to be filed by Epstein’s accusers as a new state law went into effect Wednesday that opens up a one-year window for victims of long-ago sex crimes against children to take legal action. The lawsuit accuses Maxwell of helping Epstein recruit teenage girls and providing “organizational support to Epstein’s sex trafficking ring.”
Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating whether any of Epstein associates will face charges.
Includes reporting from The Associated Press