Police consider possibility of suicide by snake in teen’s death

Dead Cobra snake found on the frontage road in front of Lowe's on I-35 and Parmer Lane.
Dead Cobra snake found on the frontage road in front of Lowe's on I-35 and Parmer Lane.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As authorities wait on an official cause of death for a teenager who might have died from a snake bite, the are considering he may have committed suicide by letting the venomous snake bite him.

Austin Animal Protection Office says the public need not worry about a snake on the loose since they found the victim’s Monocled Cobra early Friday morning.

Around 2:40 a.m. on Friday, a 911 caller said he found a dead snake on the side of the frontage road of Interstate 35, right in front of Lowe’s and CarMax.

Officers arrived on scene and located a snake, which was covered in ants.

“When I got the call, I was greatly relieved, obviously,” says Mark Sloat, Austin Animal Protection Supervisor. “I kind of wish the snake was alive, but for the public’s sake — the fact that we found it. This is a busy area, a lot of cars parked here already, so the public definitely could have been at risk with this snake.”

Even though the snake is dead, Sloat says the snake will be held as evidence until they determine what killed the victim.

On Tuesday night, 18-year-old Grant Thompson, of Temple, was found in the parking lot of the Lowe’s with possible snake puncture wounds. Thompson died a short time later at a nearby hospital. Authorities say one of Thompson’s Cobra snake was missing from its cage in his Temple home.

The investigation into his death has led police to consider the possibility of  suicide.

Austin Animal Protection Office were originally planning to search the Lowe’s parking lot on Friday morning.

In case anyone is worried there might be another Monocled Cobra creeping around Austin, they need not worry.

“I think the chances of it being another Monocled Cobra at the very Lowe’s where the incident in the car happened is pretty slim,” explains Sloat.

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