(NEW YORK POST) — An Indiana woman was found dead with an 8-foot python wrapped around her neck by the snake-breeding county sheriff who owns the home, according to a report Thursday.
Laura Hurst, 36, was discovered by Benton County Sherriff Don Munson around 9 p.m. inside his Oxford house, which contained 140 other snakes, according to The Journal & Courier.
Munson, a snake breeder who actually lives next door to the home where Hurst was found, was able to free the snake from Hurst’s neck, but it was too late, the report said.
“She appears to have been strangled by the snake,” Sgt. Kim Riley, an Indiana State Police spokesman told the paper. “We do not know that for a fact until after the autopsy.”
Hurst’s autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
Why Hurst was inside — and her relationship to Muson — was unclear.
Munson told the paper the incident was a “tragic accident with loss of human life.”
He said he’s cooperating fully with the investigation.