Report: Teen used cobra to commit suicide

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

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A teenager who was found with snake puncture wounds in a Texas 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.

Grant Thompson (Via Facebook)
Grant Thompson (Via Facebook)

On July 15, police found the victim unresponsive in the driver seat of his vehicle.

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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