Med Examiner Says She Needs More Info Before Determining Epstein Cause Of Death

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex traf... NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Guards did not properly surveil accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in the hours leading up to his death, according to reports from the Washington Post, New York Times and Associated Press.

Epstein was not checked on for “several” hours before he was found dead on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to the Post. Authorities believe Epstein died by suicide because he was found hanging in his cell, but the New York City medical examiner released a statement Sunday evening saying she could not make a full determination on Epstein’s cause of death until she had more information, according to the New York Post.

Epstein was reportedly supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes and should have been given a cellmate. The person assigned to share a cell with Epstein was transferred on Friday and never replaced, according to the Washington Post. Epstein was reportedly on suicide watch after an initial apparent attempt on his life, but only for six days.

The guards responsible for Epstein were also working “extreme overtime shifts” to make up for a lack of staff, the AP reported.

The convicted pedophile was awaiting trial on federal charges that he ran a sex trafficking ring with underage girls in the early 2000s.

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