An autopsy found that financier Jeffrey Epstein sustained multiple
breaks in his neck bones, according to two people familiar with the
findings, deepening the mystery about the circumstances around his
Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid
bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in
those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to
forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common
in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said.
The details are the first findings to emerge from the autopsy of Epstein, a convicted sex offender and multimillionaire in federal custody on charges of sex trafficking. He died early Saturday morning after guards found him hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan and he could not be revived.
Attorney General William Barr, whose department oversees the Bureau of Prisons facility where Epstein died, has described his death as an “apparent suicide.” Justice officials declined to comment on the new information from Epstein’s autopsy.