Coroner: Texas teen used cobra to commit suicide

The snake that killed a teenage boy in Austin was found dead on a frontage road. / KXAN
The snake that killed a teenage boy in Austin was found dead on a frontage road. / KXAN

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) — A teenager who was found with snake puncture wounds in a shopping center parking lot in July died from suicide by snake bite, according to an autopsy report.

According to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s report, Grant Thompson’s death was ruled a suicide because there were “multiple separate bite sites on each arm” and the bite sites showed no movement of the arm. The report also indicated Thompson, 18, of Temple, had a history of suicidal behavior.

On July 15, police found the victim unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in the 13000 block of North IH-35. Inside the vehicle, authorities found a container that housed a monocled cobra, but the cobra was missing. The cobra was found a few days later a short distance away from where Thompson’s car was originally parked.

Specimens sent to the VIPER institute at the University of Arizona determined the venom in the victim’s system was from a monocled cobra. Toxicology tests also determined Thompson had MDMA (ecstasy) and methamphetamine in his system.

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