When disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell of an apparent suicide, there were a number of questions. How was he able to kill himself under the watchful eye of guards? Why was he not on suicide watch after a previous suicide attempt earlier in the month? FBI investigators hope to answers some of these questions after conducting a raid on Epstein’s compound.
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Dozens of FBI agents swarmed Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean on Monday morning, according to the Daily Mail. The agents pulled up in speedboats and could be seen canvassing the 66-year-old’s island, which has been dubbed “Pedophile Island,” as many suspected he would bring underaged girls to the island. At this point, however, there have been no reports substantiating this.
FBI agents can be seen covering the vast island in golf carts. The search took place, in part, because of Epstein’s suicide, but days before his death, prosecutors had already unsealed 2,000 pages of documents detailing illicit activity.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York put the raid into motion. Geoffrey Berman, who helped plan the raid, vowed to continue to investigate Epstein despite his death.
“To those brave young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you, and our investigation of the conduct charged in the indictment, which included a conspiracy count, remains ongoing,” he said Saturday.
Kelly Quinn, a witness to the raid, spoke to Business Insider. “Our charter guests today got more for their trip than just sailing, tropical fish, and turtles — we sailed almost directly into an FBI raid on Jeffrey Epstein’s Little St James Island,” the captain for Salty Dog Day Sails explained.
A former air traffic controller at the island’s airport stated he saw numerous instances of Epstein accompanying girls who could not have been older than 16. “On multiple occasions I saw Epstein exit his helicopter, stand on the tarmac in full view of my tower, and board his private jet with children—female children. One incident in particular really stands out in my mind, because the girls were just so young. They couldn’t have been over 16.”
Epstein was expected to stand trial next summer on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.