Epstein’s injuries consistent with suicide by hanging or strangulation, WaPo reports

(CNN) - An autopsy performed on Jeffrey Epstein showed he “sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones,” the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

This March 28, 2017, file photo shows Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. (Source: New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP)

Those familiar with the autopsy told the newspaper the broken bones included the hyoid bone, which is near the Adam’s apple.

Forensic experts told the post this kind of break can happen when a person hangs themselves or dies by strangulation.

Epstein was placed on suicide watch last month after an incident in the jail.

He was taken off suicide watch in late July after he was given daily psychological assessments.

Two prison staff members who were guarding the unit where Epstein died failed to check on him for about three hours the night he died, according to the New York Times.

Epstein was facing sex trafficking charges when he died and was a friend to the wealthy and powerful.

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