ABC News on the afternoon of August 11 broadcast a video showing federal agents, including FBI and Customs and Border Protection, investigating on the grounds of Little Saint James, Jeffrey Epstein's island home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The multi-millionaire, who hobnobbed with numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was awaiting trial on federal charges he trafficked underage girls for sex.
A post mortem examination into Epstein's death was performed Sunday.
A second person familiar with operations at the jail said Epstein was discovered in his cell with a bedsheet around his neck. Stewart said Epstein had told him he knew details about the supposed sexual proclivities and recreational drug use of a number of rich and famous people. "It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked".
According to the report, correctional officers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center failed to check in with Epstein for "several hours" leading up to the accused pedophile's death, Fox News reported, citing a person familiar with the situation. At the time, his cellmate had been transferred away and not quickly replaced, which is the jail's protocol.
France-based child protection organization Innocence en Danger, which campaigns against sex abuse, also called for an investigation into allegations that underage French girls were molested, in some cases by French citizens.
Federal prosecutors said when they charged Epstein that the Florida deal doesn't apply to prosecutors in NY.
He was facing charges of sex trafficking of minors and of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, which would have carried a maximum of 45 years in prison.
On Friday, thousands of documents were unsealed in Epstein's case, revealing dozens of high-profile names that included a former senator, governor of New Mexico, and longtime professor at MIT.
Without Epstein to stand trial, legal experts told BBC's USA affiliate CBS News that federal prosecutors will likely dismiss the criminal case against Epstein.
Lisa Bloom, a lawyer representing some of Epstein's alleged victims, tweeted after his death that civil cases will proceed against his estate. He said anyone who may have conspired with Epstein "should not rest easy".
The stunning development led to a firestorm of conspiracy theories and speculations online and on cable news networks. "Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered".
The New York Post reports that a law enforcement source revealed how it was that Epstein was able to kill himself while in custody.