Jeffrey Epstein Autopsy Missing Key DNA Evidence Says Forensic Expert

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Michael Baden contradicted the official verdict of suicide by hanging given by officials in August, saying Epstein's injuries were "more indicative of homicidal strangulation".

"I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide", Baden instructed Fox Information Wednesday.

Baden, who once served as a NY medical examiner, has been a paid consultant in several high-profile cases including as a defense witness in O.J. Simpson's criminal trial and in record producer Phil Spector's murder trial.

He told the Herald that it is rare for any bones to be broken in a hanging, let alone for multiple bones to be fractured.

Epstein was a convicted sex offender who was arrested in July on federal charges of sex trafficking. Epstein's death "may have been murder".

"Those fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation", said Baden, who added that there were hemorrhages in Epstein's eyes that are also more common in strangulation than in hangings.

Other experts have said injuries to the hyoid bone do happen in suicidal hangings, and while not common are more likely to happen in hangings involving older people.

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"They took fingernail clippings to see if there's anybody else's DNA on it and that hasn't been released, neither has information about whose DNA is on the ligature out of torn strips of orange sheets", he said. "The cause is hanging, the manner is suicide", she said.

The twisted multimillionaire's cause of death was ruled a suicide by hanging August 16 by the city's Medical Examiner's Office.

On the suicide finding at autopsy, Baden insisted that a doctor who initially did the autopsy "didn't think it was enough information to say "suicide, ' so she put it 'pending further study".

Both of the guards assigned to monitor Epstein, after he was taken off suicide watch following an earlier attempt at killing himself, say they were asleep when he died.

Epstein's brother, Mark, "feels he's getting the runaround" from authorities and is still awaiting the results of other evidence testing, Baden said.

Attorney-General William Barr has promised a thorough investigation into how Epstein died, though that inquiry has focused on the conduct of guards who were supposed to have been watching Epstein the night he died. Amateur sleuths, citing little evidence, maintain someone entered Epstein's cell to strangle him in order to silence the financier, who had a long list of high-profile friends.

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