An eight-foot python was found coiled around the neck of a woman found dead inside an Indiana home. The residents of the home were 140 snakes.
Interestingly, the house is owned by Benton County Sheriff Donald E. Munson, according to property records.
This leaves many people asking the question, why would a sheriff own a home filled with snakes? What’s it for?
Benton County Sheriff’s Department officers found the body of Laura Hurst, 36, of Battle Ground, Ind., in a snake-filled home in the 600 block of North Dan Patch Drive shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said. The community is located about 25 miles northwest of Lafayette.
An 8-foot long reticulated python was loosely coiled around Hurst’s neck, Riley said. Medics tried unsuccessfully to revive her.
Hurst owned about 20 of the about 140 snakes that were kept at the home. Riley said she visits the home about twice a week. No one lives in the home, which Riley said is “made for the keeping of snakes.”
Munson told the Lafayette Journal & Courier that Hurst’s death was a “tragic accident with loss of human life.” He said he was “being fully cooperative with everybody.”
Riley said the snake may have caused the woman’s death, but it was too soon to know for sure on Thursday.
An autopsy was expected to be performed Friday.
Just plain weird.