The medical examiner who performed an autopsy on accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has not conclusively determined the cause of death.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said in a statement obtained by the New York Post that the medical examiner is awaiting “further information” before making a determination, a decision that is expected to come early next week.
“Today, a medical examiner performed the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein,” said Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson reportedly said.
“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.”
Reached by phone, Dr. Baden said he was under a gag order but confirmed that he was “involved” with the Epstein autopsy.
According to the New York Times, Sampson indicated she was confident Epstein died by suicide but was seeking additional information from law enforcement before she released her findings.
Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City early Saturday morning. He was arrested on July 5 on a suspicion of sex trafficking and was ordered held without bail until trial.
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