Jeffrey Epstein, who died last weekend after being found unconscious in his New York jail cell, suffered multiple breaks to his neck bones, including the hyoid bone near the Adam’s apple that can occur both in hanging and in strangulation, according to media reports.
The office of New York City’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, completed an autopsy of the disgraced financier’s body Sunday but has listed the cause of his death as pending.
The cause of the death has not been announced, but a person familiar with operations at the detention facility said Epstein, who was in jail awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, was discovered in his cell with a bed sheet around his neck, according to the Associated Press.
The Washington Post first reported that the autopsy found that Epstein suffered multiple break in his neck, bones, including the hyoid.
Asked about the neck injuries, Sampson said in a statement that no single factor in an autopsy can alone provide a conclusive answer about what happened, the Post reported.