Laura Hurst, 36, was found dead with a massive eight-foot python wrapped around her neck in a home in Battle Ground, Indiana on Wednesday night, 30th of October.
Don Munson, Shefirff of Benton County reportedly owns the home and set it up specifically for snake collection.
State Police spokesman, Sergeant Kim Riley, said in a statement that Hurst kept about 20 of her own snakes in the home and usually visited them at least twice a week.
According to Metro UK, Sheriff Munson reportedly lives next to the reptile house and he claims he saw Hurst at the home on Wednesday evening. Sergeant Riley said Hurst was found later that night on the floor with a reticulated python loosely wrapped around her neck.
“She appears to have been strangled by the snake. We do not know that for a fact until after the autopsy,”
Munson stated that he was being fully cooperative with everybody and called Hurst’s death a “tragic accident with loss of human life”.
There is a plan to conduct an autopsy on Friday, authorities say.