Body of missing woman found intact inside 22-foot python, police say

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The body of a missing woman has been found intact inside the body of a huge 22-foot python.

As reported by Sky News, police in Indonesia have confirmed that the body of the 54-year-old woman - named only as Jahrah - was been discovered after she was reported missing on Sunday.

Authorities say that Jahrah's husband alerted the emergency services after his wife failed to return home on Sunday. He has become concerned for her well-being after finding her sandals, a knife, and a headscarf.

Indonesian news site Detik has since reported that Jambi Police Chief AKP S Harefa has confirmed that after locals conducted a search of the area, they discovered a giant snake they believed could be responsible. The search team then caught the heavily bloated beast.

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A coiled reticulated python. Credit: Robert Downer / Alamy

Jahrah's body was found inside the stomach of a 22-foot-long python.

It is currently believed that the snake devoured the woman while she was on her way to work at a rubber plantation - however, it has not been confirmed whether or not the woman was alive when she was eaten.

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A reticulated python in Indonesia. Credit: BIOSPHOTO / Alamy

Police also confirmed that "the victim's body was also not destroyed" upon its discovery in the reptile's stomach.

Speaking to The Washington Post about the concerning incident, snake conservationist and director of the Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation Nathan Rusli believes a reticulated python was likely responsible for the woman's death.

Known to be the only reptile living in the Sumatran province of Jambi that is big enough to devour a grown adult human, Rusli states: "They are constrictors, so what they do is coil their body around you. They will give you a hug of death. You breathe in and your body gets smaller, it tightens its grip, and you can’t breathe out."

"The top and bottom jaw of a snake is connected by ligaments, it’s quite flexible. They can swallow prey larger than the size of their head," Rusli added.

This is not the first time an instance like this has occurred.

According to Sky News, another woman in Indonesia was swallowed whole by a 23-foot python back in 2018. In that instance, the woman was reported gardening when the animal attacked.

Our thoughts go out to everybody affected by this tragedy...

Featured image credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy

Body of missing woman found intact inside 22-foot python, police say

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

The body of a missing woman has been found intact inside the body of a huge 22-foot python.

As reported by Sky News, police in Indonesia have confirmed that the body of the 54-year-old woman - named only as Jahrah - was been discovered after she was reported missing on Sunday.

Authorities say that Jahrah's husband alerted the emergency services after his wife failed to return home on Sunday. He has become concerned for her well-being after finding her sandals, a knife, and a headscarf.

Indonesian news site Detik has since reported that Jambi Police Chief AKP S Harefa has confirmed that after locals conducted a search of the area, they discovered a giant snake they believed could be responsible. The search team then caught the heavily bloated beast.

size-large wp-image-1263175059
A coiled reticulated python. Credit: Robert Downer / Alamy

Jahrah's body was found inside the stomach of a 22-foot-long python.

It is currently believed that the snake devoured the woman while she was on her way to work at a rubber plantation - however, it has not been confirmed whether or not the woman was alive when she was eaten.

size-large wp-image-1263175056
A reticulated python in Indonesia. Credit: BIOSPHOTO / Alamy

Police also confirmed that "the victim's body was also not destroyed" upon its discovery in the reptile's stomach.

Speaking to The Washington Post about the concerning incident, snake conservationist and director of the Indonesia Herpetofauna Foundation Nathan Rusli believes a reticulated python was likely responsible for the woman's death.

Known to be the only reptile living in the Sumatran province of Jambi that is big enough to devour a grown adult human, Rusli states: "They are constrictors, so what they do is coil their body around you. They will give you a hug of death. You breathe in and your body gets smaller, it tightens its grip, and you can’t breathe out."

"The top and bottom jaw of a snake is connected by ligaments, it’s quite flexible. They can swallow prey larger than the size of their head," Rusli added.

This is not the first time an instance like this has occurred.

According to Sky News, another woman in Indonesia was swallowed whole by a 23-foot python back in 2018. In that instance, the woman was reported gardening when the animal attacked.

Our thoughts go out to everybody affected by this tragedy...

Featured image credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy