The private pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's family to investigate the pedophile's death claims newly-released photos from the autopsy reaffirm his conclusion that it wasn't a suicide.
Dr Michael Baden, who was paid by Epstein's brother Mark to oversee the autopsy following the millionaire's death in his New York City prison cell in August, said the injuries to Epstein's neck, captured in images from the medical examiner, 'are more indicative of homicide'.
Baden said the ligature mark on Epstein's neck 'doesn't match' the bed sheet noose seen in photos from the millionaire's cell at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center.
'It was too wide and too smooth,' the pathologist said during a Fox News interview on Monday. 'This is a rougher injury.'
He also noted that there was no blood on the noose, and said that the three neck fractures Epstein suffered would not have been caused by hanging.
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Dr Michael Baden, the private pathologist hired by Jeffrey Epstein's family to investigate the pedophile's death, claims newly-released photos from the autopsy reaffirm his conclusion that it was a homicide rather than a suicide
Baden said the ligature mark on Epstein's neck 'doesn't match' the bed sheet noose seen in photos from the millionaire's cell at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center
Graphic images from the autopsy report showed a deep, bloody ligature mark on Epstein's neck. Baden said there was no way the mark could have been made by a bed sheet
Epstein was found dead on August 10 in the prison cell where he was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
His death was officially ruled a suicide by New York City Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson but prompted widespread conspiracy theories and speculation that he had instead been murdered.
Epstein's death at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center - while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges - was officially ruled as a suicide by hanging
Baden said it was 'premature' to close the case as a suicide as many questions surrounding Epstein's death remain unanswered.
'I think there's a lot of information that still hasn't been revealed yet that is essential in order to arrive at a conclusion, whether this is a suicide or homicide,' he said.
'I think the important thing is to find out what was seen when the guards first went into the cell. Was he hanging? Was he on the ground? As some people reported when he was found.'
Baden also charged that first responders 'destroyed a lot of the forensic evidence' by removing Epstein's body from the cell as quickly as they did.
'EMS is not supposed to remove dead bodies from jails,' he said. 'They're supposed to have a whole forensic workup, what kind of forensic evidence is on the clothing, how long the person was dead.
'We can tell from the ligature mark that he had been -- there was a tight ligature around his neck for many hours, and the front of the neck, before he was found--so he was dead for a long time. But we could be more specific about that if somebody tested out the stiffness of the body, et cetera, at the scene.'
Photos of the inside of Epstein's jail cell were revealed for the first time during a 60 Minutes segment on Sunday
The photos reveal that fragments of material were found hanging from a window, while a large strip of bedding was also looped through a hole on the top bunk bed
The photos were taken by the New York City medical examiner's office
Epstein's autopsy report found his neck had been broken in several places, including the hyoid bone located near the Adam's apple. Pictured above is his broken hyoid bone
Earlier on Monday Baden appeared on CBS This Morning and repeated his previous assertion that the fractures in Epstein's neck were indicative of homicide rather than suicide.
'There were multiple fractures of the Adam's apple, the thyroid cart lamb and the hyoid bone that are more indicative of a homicidal strangulation than a suicidal strangulation,' he said.
'[With] hanging suicide 90 percent of the time there are no fractures, maybe 10 percent, 15 percent, they have hyoid or thyroid fracture.
'You don't have three fractures with the weight of the body on the ligature. You to have a lot more pressure by ligature or by hands to get those fractures.'
Baden also questioned the fact that investigators have not said whether there was DNA on the noose.
'The FBI or the medical examiner would have done swabs for DNA on the ligature. Whose DNA is on it? Was it Epstein alone ore Epstein and somebody else?' he asked.
Baden said that Epstein's family believes his death may have been a homicide based on the autopsy results and that they are desperate for the truth to be revealed.
'There is no advantage to the family whether it's a homicide or suicide,' Baden told CBS This Morning on Monday. 'There is no money involved. They just want the truth.
'The brother [Mark] or the estate would just as soon have this to be a suicide, because there is no advantage to them to be a homicide.
'Mark Epstein is now concerned about a homicide if his brother was killed because he knew too much, is he also at jeopardy? Are other people at jeopardy?'
Baden rejected the notion that he made the homicide determination because he's being paid by Epstein's family and that's what they believe.
Citing his time as New York City medical examiner in the late 1970s, Baden said his professional opinion has never been influenced by who is paying him.
Earlier on Monday Baden appeared on CBS This Morning and repeated his previous assertion that the fractures in Epstein's neck were indicative of homicide rather than suicide
Graphic photographs from Epstein's autopsy were