A 36-year-old Indiana woman was found dead on Wednesday night with an 8-foot python wrapped around her neck. Authorities said she died from asphyxiation.
The Benton County dispatch in Oxford, Indiana, received a 911 call on Wednesday night about a woman who was found unresponsive.
Medics arrived and attempted life-saving measures on her but did not succeed. Authorities said on Friday that an autopsy found that the woman, Laura Hurt, died due to strangulation by a snake.
Indiana State Police say there were 140 snakes at the property, and that about 20 of the snakes belonged to Hurst. Laura Hurst visited the property “about twice a week”, police said.
The snake is a reticulated python, which is native to southeast Asia and is considered to be the longest snake in the world, CNN reported.
Attorney Marcel Katz was representing Hurst in her divorce and said the snakes were a factor in negotiations of dividing property. Property records show that the home is owned by Benton County Sheriff Donald Munson.
Hurst was a “really nice person” who had a passion for snakes, the attorney said.
Munson told the Lafayette Journal & Courier that Hurst’s death was a “tragic accident” and that he was “being fully cooperative with everybody.”
State Police Sgt. Kim Riley told CNN that no one lives in the home and that it had been renovated and set up specifically for the collection of snakes.
He said that Hurst was “apparently there checking on her snakes. For whatever reason, she apparently got the snake out and she was doing what people do with snakes.”