When Jeffrey Epstein’s New York City mansion was raided by authorities in 2019, investigators found boxes of hard drives and videos that were never entered into evidence by prosecutors.
Images from the raid show boxes of burned CDs, hard drives, and videos that were all individually labeled by Epstein.
However, authorities concealed the labels in all images, presumably to mask the identity of the people named in the labels.
This week, the first batch of documents are due to be made public that will name over 180 people linked to Epstein.
The first 150 names are due to be unsealed on January 3, with the rest of the names published later this month.
However, the release of the docs has raised more questions about other vital evidence that has not been disclosed.
In December 2021, an FBI special agent testified to a New York court in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial that evidence “went missing” from Epstein’s New York townhouse.
Special Agent Kelly Maguire recalled how CDs and other items were recovered by the FBI from a locked safe during an initial search of the Manhattan home on July 6 and July 7, 2019.
The raid was conducted shortly after Epstein’s arrest on sex assault charges.
The FBI agent said officers broke open the safe with a saw, finding the CDs, jewelry, computer hard drives, “loose diamonds”, passports, and “large amounts of US currency.”
They took photographs of the items, with images of the evidence being publicly available.
However, the hard drives, videos, and CDs never made it into evidence and mysteriously disappeared.
Agent Maguire, a member of an FBI Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, said she could not confirm the content on the CDs but confirmed all the items were accounted for.
Boxes of CDs and hard drives were discovered in several rooms in Epstein’s eight-storey Upper East Side apartment in Manhattan, including in a so-called massage room.
Some, Agent McGuire testified, had “evidence tape” sealing them.
She told the court the tape had not been put there by police.
On the fifth floor, FBI agents also found a shelf full of large black binders.
The binders held CDs, carefully categorized in plastic slipcovers and thumbnails with photos on them.
Another FBI agent who took to the stand on the sixth day of Ms Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial confirmed one CD contained a photograph of the British socialite and Epstein.
Federal prosecutors previously alluded to the contents of the safe in July 2019, when they sought to have a judge deny Epstein’s bail application later that month.
According to reports at the time, a trove of lewd photographs of children was found in the safe at the property.
Court papers said that alongside photos were compact discs with handwritten labels including: “‘Young [Name] + [Name],’ ‘Misc nudes 1,’ and ‘Girl pics nude.’”
There was also a passport from a foreign country with a picture of Epstein under another name.
The mansion had 40 rooms and Ms Maguire testified that it took about 12 hours for her team to fully search.