Newly released documents reveal more details about the federal sex trafficking investigation that came to a halt when Jeffrey Epstein died of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell last month.
As first reported by the New York Post, the website Muckrock published investigative documents from the Department of Justice and US Marshals Service that were obtained as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.
The documents include jail records, an arrest warrant, search warrants, and notes from witness interviews. One witness interview report, dated July 10, 2019, is partially redacted but appears to reference a phone conversation between a Senior Inspector from the U.S. Marshals Service and an air traffic controller. The notes indicate that the air traffic controller worked on the Virgin Island of St. Thomas, near Epstein’s estate on a private island.
The notes indicate that the investigator obtained the source’s contact information from a Miami Herald reporter. According to the report, the air traffic controller worked at the airport for about one year, and said she had seen Epstein disembarking a plane with young girls, citing two particular instances that she said would have taken place between June and November of 2018. On one occasion, she said she saw Epstein with two girls who looked to be 11 or 12 years old. On another, she said she saw him with one girl who looked to be between the ages of 16 and 18. She told the investigator that Epstein was about 50 yards from the control tower when she observed him, but that she was using binoculars. The report indicates that the air traffic controller agreed to provide the investigator with the name of a corroborating source.
The documents also include a detention report from the Manhattan Correctional Center, where Epstein died on August 10, which notes that the prisoner had “suicidal tendencies” in a section on the form for “Special Cautions and Medical.” But it is not clear from the form at what point in Epstein’s detention that notation was made, as the cleanly typed form appears to have been prepared after Epstein’s death. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Epstein was placed on suicide watch in late July following an incident in which he was found unresponsive in his cell.
A medical examiner ruled Epstein’s August 10 death a suicide by hanging. The recently released DOJ files also include Epstein’s most recent mugshot.
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