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.’
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.
Occam’s Razor would dictate that Epstein killed himself and rank incompetence and/or indifference by prison staff let it happen. But we certainly need to get to the bottom of it.