By J. N. Monday August 12 2019
New York City’s chief medical examiner is awaiting more information before releasing her determination on Epstein’s cause of death.
An autopsy was performed earlier in the day on the disgraced financier found unresponsive on Saturday in a New York City jail, coroner Dr. Barbara Sampson said, according to the Reuters, citing a city official.
A private pathologist observed the autopsy on behalf of Epstein’s representatives, which she called “routine practice.”
Sampson says she is confident Jeffrey Epstein died by hanging himself in the jail cell where he was being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges.
But a determination on the cause of death “is pending further information at this time,” Sampson said in a statement.
The suspicion in Epstein’s death was hanging, stated a city official, not authorized to speak on the record.
Epstein, 66, was not on suicide watch at the time in his cell in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), a source stated.
Reuters did not say why it could not identify the source of information on the medical examiner’s likely determination of the cause of death.
It was not immediately clear why Epstein was taken off suicide watch, a special set of procedures for inmates who are deemed to be at risk of taking their own lives.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons, which operates the MCC, provided no explanation beyond its terse statement that Epstein was found dead in an apparent suicide.
His death touched off outrage from Attorney General William Barr, politicians and many of Epstein’s alleged victims, who fear that they may lose their day in court now that Epstein is dead.
That investigation into conduct described in the indictment, including the conspiracy count, will continue despite Epstein’s death, Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, said on Saturday.