NYC’s Chief Medical Examiner has completed Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy but said more information is needed before a cause of death can be determined.
‘The ME’s determination is pending further information at this time,’ Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement.
‘At the request of those representing the decedent, and with the awareness of the federal prosecutor, I allowed a private pathologist (Dr. Michael Baden) to observe the autopsy examination. This is routine practice.’
Baden was the city’s chief medical examiner in the late 1970s and has been called as an expert witness in high-profile cases including by the defense at O.J. Simpson’s 1994 murder trial.
The celebrity pathologist has investigated deaths including Michael Brown who was killed by cops in Ferguson, Missouri, and football star Aaron Hernandez.
NBC’s Tom Winter said on Twitter that he’d been told that suicide remains the presumed cause of death and the FBI investigation ‘may further inform the M.E.’s office which will allow them to make a determination with complete confidence’.
It is not uncommon for a medical examiner’s determination to be pending further information.
The former financier, 66, was found hanging in his prison cell shortly before 7am and was rushed to nearby New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The news of the delay to the autopsy results comes after a source told the New York Post there was no video of the moment he died in his jail cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Cameras are said to film the doors to each cell which would show anyone who entered or exited, but they do not point inside.
On Sunday it was revealed that the two prison guards at Epstein’s jail who reportedly failed to follow procedure and check on prisoners every 30 minutes were working long overtime shifts the night the pedophile took his own life.
A prison official told The New York Times one of the guards was working his fifth straight day of overtime at the short staffed jailhouse while the second corrections officers had been forced to work overtime.
A source had said that guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed overnight.
In addition, every 15 minutes guards are required to make another check on prisoners who are on suicide watch.
The decision to remove Epstein, who was possibly the most high-profile inmate in the federal jail system, from suicide watch has both baffled former wardens and veterans of the federal prison system alike.
A separate source revealed to DailyMail.com that Epstein actually told prison guards and fellow inmates that he believed someone had tried to kill him in the weeks before his death.
The insider, who had seen the disgraced financier on several occasions during his incarceration at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, also claims that the normally reserved Epstein seemed to be in good spirits.
‘There was no indication that he might try to take his own life,’ the source told DailyMail.com
‘From what I saw, he was finally starting to adjust to prison. I think he was comforted by the rigidity of his new life.’
But his suicide comes two weeks after he was hospitalized following what may have been an initial attempt to take his own life.
On July 24, Epstein was rushed to hospital under police guard after he was discovered semi-conscious on the floor of his prison cell in the fetal position. He spent several hours receiving medical attention before he was transported back to jail.
It has not been confirmed whether Epstein attempted suicide, or whether he may have been attacked inside his prison cell.
The news that guards failed to follow procedure and Epstein’s fears of being a target come amid growing outrage that the pedophile escaped justice and his alleged victims may never get closure they so desperately need.