For inmates like Epstein, suicide watch is meant to be short

FILE — This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein has died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, says person briefed on the matter, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

NEW YORK — An autopsy of millionaire degenerate Jeffrey Epstein, who apparently hanged himself in a Manhattan federal prison cell, showed several broken bones in the accused sex trafficker’s neck, according to reports released Thursday.

The broken bones included the hyoid bone near his Adam’s apple and were found during a forensic examination of Epstein’s neck, sources told The Washington Post.

While the breaks are sometimes consistent with a hanging, they can also be caused by strangulation, experts told the paper.

On Sunday, the medical examiner said that an initial autopsy was completed, but a cause of death hadn’t been finalized.

On Thursday, the city Medical Examiner’s Office would not confirm the Post report, saying that the determination was “pending further information at this time.”

“In all forensic investigations, all information must be synthesized to determine the cause and manner of death,” chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement. “Everything must be consistent; no single finding can be evaluated in a vacuum.”