FBI agents in the Virgin Islands are searching Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion there for evidence related to Epstein's past sex-trafficking crimes, an FBI spokesman told NBC 4 Monday afternoon. It is believed this home was one of several that women, some underage, may have been sexually assaulted by Epstein or other men.
The search comes two days after the wealthy financier's apparent suicide in a Manhattan jail cell where he was being held as he awaited federal trial on a litany of sex abuse and trafficking charges. Correction officers went a "number of hours" before checking on the accused sex trafficker the night of his death, one administration official told News 4 -- a violation of the prison's guidelines, multiple officials aware of the protocol said Monday.
The precise time gap between checks is still not clear, according to the official. The official says Epstein's cellmate was released Friday and not replaced, which violaties federal protocol for that section of MCC. As to why there was no replacement in accordance with policy, the official said, "We don't know yet."