Jeffery Epstein’s preliminary autopsy results showed he suffered multiple broken bones in his neck, which suggests that he may have been strangulated.
The case for murder is being considered since the discovery of a broken hyoid bone — located near the Adam’s apple — which is not usually found in hanging suicides, according to multiple reports.
This mystery injury is the primary cause for NYC Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson to delay her findings as to the cause of death of the convicted sex offender.
The ME’s office will be gathering other evidence including video footage to see who may have entered Epstein’s cell prior to his death.
A hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging, Jonathan L. Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, told the Washington Post.
The last time the hyoid bone figured so prominently in the news was the death of Eric Garner during an altercation with NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo and others in Staten Island.
Authorities charged police officer with having a chokehold on the suspect prior to his death. An autopsy showed Garner’s hyoid bone was not broken therefore he was not strangled. Pantaleo is awaiting a department ruling on the future of his police career.