The message, scrawled on a whiteboard, referred to Amanda Ruth Black's pet python. A few feet away, its container was empty. On the floor, Black, 25, lay dead.
Black's husband had returned to their townhouse, on Maracas Arch in the Witchduck Woods area, late Tuesday night and called police after finding his wife's body, police spokesman Adam Bernstein said.
A preliminary autopsy showed that Black died of asphyxiation by neck compression. The 13-foot-long tiger reticulated python apparently overpowered her as she tried to administer medication to it, Bernstein said.
Animal Control Officer Doug Humphrey noticed the whiteboard message when he responded to the call. He scanned the den, then checked a closet, hallway and bathroom. No sign of the missing snake.
He returned to the den and stepped toward a cage holding a 10-foot boa constrictor. Then Humphrey sp
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