INDIANA – Yesterday evening around 8:51 P.M. at 609 North Dan Patch Drive in Oxford, IN a 911 call was received by the Benton County Dispatch of a woman found unresponsive with a Reticulated Python wrapped around her neck.
Medics arrived and attempted life saving measures on Laura Hurst, 36 of Battle Ground, IN but were unsuccessful.
While Hurst’s official cause of death is pending toxicology results, Indiana State Police reported that she was found unresponsive on the floor with the reticulated python wrapped loosely around her neck in an Oxford home filled with snakes.
The home was recently renovated and is set up specifically for the collection of snakes, police said.
Of the 140 snakes at the location, approximately 20 belonged to Hurst. She frequents the location around 2 times a week.
STORY: An 8-foot python may be to blame for a woman's death in Oxford, IN.
She was found in what Indiana State Police call a "reptile home" with 140 snakes. pic.twitter.com/1I4EgWYStL
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The snakes were reportedly all housed and stored properly, according to investigators.
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Munson told the Journal & Courier that the death was a “tragic accident with loss of human life” and said he was “being fully cooperative with everybody.”
“She had a real passion for snakes,” Marcel Katz, a Lafayette attorney handling Hurst’s divorce case, said.
“That was a big issue for her,” he added, noting that the snakes were part of the negotiations over the estranged couple’s possessions.
“I don’t want to use the word ‘bizarre,’ but I have been on for 33 years almost and this is probably the first time I’ve ever worked with a snake,” Riley said.
Hurst’s friends recalled her passion for animals and that she was experienced in handling snakes.
“She had such a love for the animals she had and took care of,” Dustina Carter told WTHR.
“She knew her stuff. She knew what she was doing,” Cameron Logan said. “She didn’t fear any of them. So, no matter how maybe aggressive (a snake) was during breeding season, how defensive it was, she never let that phase her.”
The case is ongoing.
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