Female Found Deceased with Eight Foot Python Around Her Neck

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Sgt. Kim Riley
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October 31, 2019

Female Found Deceased with Eight Foot Python Around Her Neck

Oxford-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 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, IN but were unsuccessful.

Of the 140 snakes at the location, approximately 20 belonged to Hurst.  She frequents the location approximately 2 times a week. 

An autopsy will be performed on Friday which will hopefully give us an official cause of death. 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.  The case is ongoing.


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