An autopsy was completed Sunday on the body of indicted child sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, authorities said. His apparent suicide inside a Manhattan jail cell has started a federal investigation.
The autopsy was performed by the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, which did not release a cause of death. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson released a statement Sunday evening saying, “The ME’s determination is pending further information at this time. 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. My office defers to the involved law enforcement agencies regarding other investigations around this death,” the statement said.
Epstein was found Saturday morning unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was later pronounced dead at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital.