Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke on stage during a forum on gun safety at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines Saturday. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is among the many voices demanding answers after high-profile prisoner and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in a Manhattan jail over the weekend.
Warren answered a question about Epstein's alleged suicide during a forum in Iowa over the weekend.
"I'd like to see an investigation to understand how this was permitted to happen when he was incarcerated," she said.
Epstein was found dead in his cell Saturday, six days after he survived a previous apparent suicide attempt.
Warren noted that, without the billionaire child sex abuser going to trial, his victims are deprived of a chance to see justice done.
"The system broke down here," she said. "He should have been held for trial and his victims should have had a chance to testify against him."
Similar calls for an investigation into Epstein's death were made over the weekend by other presidential candidates, including Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, as well as New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.
The Associated Press reports that the guards on Epstein's unit were working extreme overtime shifts and did not check on Epstein for several hours before he was found dead.
His death comes one day after the 2015 deposition by one of his alleged sex trafficking victims was released.
In the deposition, Virginia Giuffre said she was working as a locker room attendant at Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort when she was recruited by Epstein at age 16.
With his death, the criminal investigation into Epstein is over, but other investigations are still on, with authorities looking into possible co-conspirators.
In addition, the FBI, the Justice Department, and the New York City Medical Examiner's office are looking into Epstein's death.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports