Police say a woman has been found dead with an 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) python wrapped around her neck at a snake-laden home in northern Indiana.
Authorities said Laura Hurst of Battle Ground, Indiana, could have been squeezed to death at the Oxford property belonging to Benton County Sheriff Donald E. Munson where 140 snakes were kept.
The 36-year-old was found unresponsive on the floor Wednesday night with the snake wrapped loosely around her neck.
Laura Hurst of Battle Ground, Indiana, was found unresponsive with the python around her neck Wednesday night on the floor of a police officer’s home
140 snakes were found in the home she visited twice a week and she owned 20 of the creatures, authorities said
Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley says the person who found her removed the reticulated python, but medics were unable to revive her.
The woman’s cause of death remains under investigation, with an autopsy scheduled Friday.
Sheriff Munson called it a ‘tragic accident with loss of human life’ and speaking to the Lafayette Journal & Courier said he was ‘being fully cooperative with everybody’.
‘I’ve given all information to the state police,’ Munson added.
The woman owned about 20 of the snakes in the house and had visited about twice a week, cops said.
But the property was not inhabited by humans and was ‘made for the keeping of snakes’.