OXFORD, Ind. (WLFI) — The death of a Battle Ground woman found dead in a "reptile home" was killed by the snake found wrapped around her neck, according to Indiana State Police.
A preliminary autopsy conducted Friday morning showed the preliminary cause of death was asphyxiation due to strangulation by a snake.
Laura Hurst, 36, was found dead by Benton County Sheriff Don Munson with an 8-foot python wrapped around her neck Wednesday. Online records show Munson owns the home, which had 140 snakes inside at the time.
The home is in the 600 block of North Dan Patch Drive in Oxford. ISP Sgt. Kim Riley said Hurst visited the location about two times a week.
All of the snakes but the one around Hurst's neck were in their cages, according to Riley. No venomous snakes were in the home.