OXFORD — Police responded to a 911 call from Benton County dispatch on Wednesday night in Oxford and found a female found unresponsive with a reticulated python wrapped around her neck.
Medics arrived and attempted life-saving measures on Laura Hurst, 36, of Battle Ground, Indiana, but were unsuccessful.
Of the 140 snakes at the location, approximately 20 belonged to Hurst. She frequents the location approximately two times a week.
An autopsy was performed on Hurst Friday (Nov. 1) at the Tippecanoe County Morgue and the cause of death was asphyxiation due to strangulation by a snake. The results are pending a final toxicology report that should be available in four to six weeks. The coroner in the case was Matt Rosenbarger of the Benton County Coroner’s Office and was assisted by Scott McCord, Newton County Coroner. The Forensic Pathologist was Darin Wolfe of Indiana Forensic & Surgical Pathology.
The case is ongoing, and the state police say this isall of the information that will be released at this time.