Jail protocols requiring routine checks appear to have not been followed in the hours before the apparent suicide of financier Jeffrey Epstein. 

ABC News reported Sunday that "as an inmate in the Special Housing Unit at MCC, Epstein should have been checked on by a correctional officer every 30 minutes, according to Bureau of Prison protocols."

Witnesses told ABC the protocol "was not followed."

Prison officials reportedly found the financier and convicted sex offender hanging in his cell early Saturday.

Among other issues, investigators have been questioning why the prisoner had been apparently taken off suicide watch.

Many of Mr. Epstein's accuser reacted angrily to news of his death, saying he will not face the consequences of his actions and they will now miss the chance for "closure."

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that he was "appalled" to learn Epstein was found dead in his cell under federal watch. Mr. Barr has ordered a full investigation.

The FBI is also launching its own investigation. Medical examiners performed an autopsy Sunday. Release of details is pending.

[Source: ABC News]