Woman found dead with python wrapped around neck


OXFORD, Ind. (WANE) — A woman was found dead in a northwest Indiana home Wednesday evening with an 8-foot python wrapped around her neck.

According to Indiana State Police, a 911 call was received by Benton County Dispatch from a home in the town of Oxford indicating a woman was unresponsive with a reticulated python wrapped around her neck.

Medics arrived on the scene, but were unable to save the life of Laura Hurst, 36, of Battle Ground.

There were 140 snakes in the home, 20 of which police learned belonged to Hurst, who visited the place a couple times a week.

Indiana State Police said Friday that an autopsy found Hurst died of asphyxiation due to strangulation by a snake. Toxicology results should be available in 4-6 weeks, state police said.

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