Authorities say Indiana woman found dead was strangled by snake

Photo of the home provided by state police

UPDATE: According to ISP, An autopsy was performed on Laura Hurst at the Tippecanoe County Morgue and the cause of death was asphyxiation due to strangulation by a snake.

OXFORD, Ind. — A woman was found dead with a snake around her neck in Benton County Wednesday night, police say.

Indiana State Police said Benton County Sheriff Don Munson found the woman inside the Oxford home, according to WLFI. It appeared the woman had been “killed by a reptile,” police said.

ISP described the building as a “reptile home” that had been specifically set up to house 140 snakes. According to the Journal & Courier, police found an eight-foot-long reticulated python around the woman’s neck. The newspaper also reported that Munson owns the home.

The victim was identified as Laura Hurst, 36, of Battle Ground. Police say would usually go to the location about twice per week.

Police said Hurst’s cause of death would be determined during an autopsy that’s been scheduled for Friday.

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