The body of a missing Indonesian woman has been found intact inside the belly of a 22-foot python.
The woman, only identified as Jahrah, went out to collect rubber on Sunday morning in a forest located on Sumatra Island, Indonesia.
Her husband began to worry after she failed to return home that night, prompting him to alert other villagers and report her missing.
A search party was organized that night to find the 54-year-old grandmother, but they only found her sandals, headscarf and jacket, and the tools she used to gather rubber at the time.
The search parties only found success a day later, on Monday, when they discovered a 22-foot-long (6.7-meters-long) python with a bulging stomach resting in the woods. Video shared online shows the villagers killing the snake with a spear and bashing its head.
The villagers captured the snake and dissected its body. To their horror, they found Jahrah’s undigested remains intact inside the python’s stomach.
“Her family then reported her missing to the local authorities, and a search has been carried out since then,” Anto, the local village’s chief, said.
“The snake was killed by locals, who then dissected its stomach. Everybody was shocked. It turned out that the woman we were looking for was in the snake’s stomach.”
Betara Jambi police chief AKP S Harefa said, “The victim’s body was not destroyed when we found her inside the snake, meaning that she had only been recently swallowed whole,” police said of the python found near the village of Betara in Jambi Province.
Although it was unclear how Jahrah was killed, Anto speculated that she could have been snatched by the python’s jaw and was slowly suffocated to death before swallowing her whole.
Credit: Telegraph UK/CNN Indonesia