Woman Found Dead in Home with Python Wrapped Around Her Neck

Rebekah Sager
November 01, 2019 - 1:56 pm
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A 36-year-old Oxford, Indiana woman was found dead in her home with an 8-foot-long python wrapped around her neck. 

The home is owned by Benton County Sheriff Don Munson, who lives next door. The building was described as a "reptile home," a house specifically set up to house 140 snakes. 

The victim, who was identified as Laura Hurst, would visit the home twice a week to care for the reptiles. 

"She may have tripped and fell with the snake and hit her head. We do not know yet," Sgt. Kim Riley told Wlfi. "We are not saying the snake did it at this point in time. We are just going by the information we received."

Authorities were able to unwrap the snake from Hurst's neck but were unable to revive her. All the snakes were kept in cages, and none were venomous, according to police reports.