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Police found woman unresponsive with 8-foot python around her neck

OXFORD, Ind. (WPTA21) – Indiana State Police said they found a woman unresponsive in a home with a reticulated python wrapped around her neck Wednesday evening.

Just before 9 p.m., someone made the discovery at a home at 609 North Dan Path Drive in Oxford and called 911.

First responders tried to save 36-year-old Laura Hurst, of Battle Ground, but their efforts were unsuccessful.

Police found 140 snakes in the home. Investigators said about 20 of them belonged to Hurst, and she visited the location about 2 times a week.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Senior Trooper Detective Josh Edwards is the lead investigator in the case with assistance from the Indiana State Police Crime Scene Investigator, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County EMS and the Benton County Coroner’s Office.

Kayla Crandall

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