Fractures in Epstein's neck were "extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation", Baden said. He says he hasn't seen that in a suicide in 50 years of death investigations, but cautioned that his observations were not conclusive.
Despite this being counter to what the media ran with and reported, Baden argued that the medical examiner did not actually reach a full determination of suicide being Epstein's manner of death. A fractured hyoid bone does not necessarily indicate a homicide, Kobilinsky said.
In a statement issued Wednesday, coroner Dr. Barbara Sampson reiterated her determination than Epstein, the millionaire accused of luring underage girls to his home for sex, killed himself inside his Metropolitan Correctional Center cell in August. 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.
"The prominent hemorrhage in the soft tissues of the neck next to the fractures is evidence of a fresh neck compression that could have caused the death", he told Fox. Baden had appeared on the show at the request of the family, he said.
Dr Baden's comments suggested the Epstein family may contest the autopsy results in future legal proceedings.
He said: "They took fingernail clippings to see if there's anybody else's DNA on them, and that hasn't been released". Both were working overtime because of staffing shortages, the people said. "Hanging does not cause these broken bones, and homicide does", he said.
Mark Epstein has been having trouble getting information from the federal authorities and the medical examiner's office about other possible steps in the probe, such as testing any DNA found on the bedsheet and interviews with the correctional officers on duty that day, Dr Baden said.
CNN's Sanjay Gupta said the Post had, despite the apparent angle of their report, presented results "more consistent with a suicidal hanging than a strangulation".