The disgraced financier’s hyoid bone, close to his Adam’s apple, was found broken, The Washington Post reported. The break can occur in older men w
The disgraced financier’s hyoid bone, close to his Adam’s apple, was found broken, The Washington Post reported. The break can occur in older men who hang themselves, according to forensic experts on the subject. Epstein’s death has been described as an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell.
Jonathan L. Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, has questioned the broken hyoid bone and circumstances around Epstein’s death.
Mr Arden told The Washington Post: “If, hypothetically, the hyoid bone is broken, that would generally raise questions about strangulation, but it is not definitive and does not exclude suicidal hanging.”
He added the broken bone could lead to pathologists conducted a more extensive investigation.
Epstein was previously on suicide watch for allegedly trying to take his own life two weeks before.
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The disgraced billionaire was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of underaged girls at his Upper East Side mansion and his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Some of the charges dated back to the early 2000s.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Previously Mr Epstein was living under 24-hour guard in his New York home, but last month a judge denied him bail.
The federal judge had told him prosectuors had shown by clear and convincing evidence that he would pose a danger to the community if released pending trial.
Prosecutors also said there was a high risk he would use his wealth to flee.
A Manhattan court released 1,200 pages of documents detailing the claims of the alleged abuse carried out by Mr Epstein on teenage girls.
The financier was friends with some of the world’s biggest names, including Prince Andrew, who has been accused of groping a woman’s breast during a visit to Mr Epstein’s apartment in 2001.
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