An autopsy report on Jeffrey Epstein’s death is inconclusive, says the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office.
“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,” Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Simpson said in a statement.
“My office defers to the involved law enforcement agencies regarding other investigations around this death,” she added.
The preliminary finding was suicide, and no signs of foul play were found, according to initial reports.
Epstein was found Saturday morning unresponsive in his prison cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. He was later pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. The New York Times said he hung himself.
The FBI and Justice Department’s inspector general are investigating his death. Epstein was being held on federal sex trafficking charges and was facing up to 45 years in prison.
The disgraced financier was a high-profile inmate who had previously been held on suicide watch, though the Times reports that he was taken off after about a week.