Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Missing Key DNA Evidence Says Forensic Expert

Famed pathologist Michael Baden says Jeffrey Epstein’s death was homicide

Famed pathologist Michael Baden says Jeffrey Epstein’s death was homicide

Dr. Baden is a former New York City medical examiner.

Epstein's brother hired Baden to observe the autopsy conducted by New York City medical examiner Barbara Sampson, who concluded that Epstein died by suicide. He says that, based on what he knows right now, the evidence of Epstein's death was more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging.

"At the autopsy, on day one, there were findings that were unusual for suicidal hanging and more consistent with ligature homicidal strangulation".

After serving an extremely lenient sentence for soliciting sex from a minor a decade ago, Epstein was arrested in July for similar offenses that allegedly took place at his properties in New York, New Mexico, Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

"I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide", he said during the appearance.

"The brother is concerned that if [Epstein] was murdered, then other people who have information might be at risk", Baden said in the interview, suggesting that powerful individuals may have been involved in the death.

The medical examiner says Wednesday she stands "firmly" behind her findings.

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Epstein was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center with a bedsheet around his neck on August 10.

Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky, a professor of forensic science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, also said the hyoid bone is a weak, fragile structure, and it can break from a hanging. Mr Epstein was 66. A fractured hyoid bone does not necessarily indicate a homicide, Kobilinsky said.

"The original medical investigation was thorough and complete", she added and doubled down on her previous comments by asserting "there is no reason for a second medical investigation by our office". "We continue to share information around the medical investigation with Mr. Epstein's family, their representatives, and their pathology consultant".

He has criticised the jail for "serious irregularities".

Epstein's death touched off outrage that such a high-profile prisoner could have gone unwatched.

Guards who were supposed to monitor him in his cell were said to have fallen asleep on duty, and video cameras outside Epstein's cell were not working, authorities said.

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