Published: August 15, 2019  Updated: April 1, 2020 at 7:30 am EST

An autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein has revealed that several bones in his neck were broken, which is consistent with a hanging. However, there is one particular bone that was broken, which is causing the request for additional information, the Hyoid bone.

In men, the hyoid bone sits near the adam’s apple and when broken is often because of strangulation. However, in older men, there is a chance that the hyoid bone can also break due to hanging. Thus, the medical examiner is requesting more information regarding the events surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s death.

In various cases, the breaking of a hyoid bone has caused a more in-depth investigation into the cause of death. Further, according to the Washington Post;

“A handful of studies conducted over the past decade have produced conflicting results about the likelihood of a hyoid break in a suicide.

In a study of 20 suicidal hangings in Thailand, published in 2010, one-fourth of the men who hanged themselves had broken hyoids. In a larger study of suicidal hangings of young adults and middle-aged people in India, conducted from 2010 to 2013, hyoid damage was found in just 16 of 264 cases, or 6 percent.

The study addressed the discrepancies in academic reviews, saying wide variations in findings of hyoid breaks are “possibly due to factors like age of the victim, weight of the victim, type of suspension and height of suspension.”

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Hyoid fractures have previously sparked controversy in jailhouse and other contentious deaths.

In 2008, Ronnie L. White, a teenager accused of killing a police officer, died of an apparent suicide in a suburban Washington jail cell. But two days later, the cause of death was changed to homicide when a Maryland state medical examiner discovered the teen had a broken hyoid.”

New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner, Barbra Sampson, stated in regards to the findings; “in all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death. Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.”

As a result, the cause of death for Jeffrey Epstein is still listed as pending, because investigators are awaiting more information.

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