Suicide by Snakebite? Police Investigate Texas Teen's Death After He Leaves a Cryptic Message on Facebook
07/20/2015 AT 10:55 AM EDT
Grant Thompson was found unresponsive inside a car in a Lowe's parking lot last week with puncture wounds to his wrist and a snake cage beside him, KWTX reports. He was discovered surrounded by a number of animals, including a non-venomous snake, six tarantulas and a frog, but his pet cobra was missing.
Thompson was rushed to St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, where he later died. As for the cobra, it was located along an Interstate 35 service road just a short distance from the 18-year-old's car. It had been run over.
Police believe that Thompson committed suicide by allowing the venomous snake to bite him. Shortly before he was found Tuesday, the teen posted a cryptic message to his Facebook page, writing: "I'm sorry."
Thompson's family owns a pet shop in Temple, Texas. He had worked for the store for most of his life.
"He could handle tarantulas like they were kittens," an employee who identified himself only as Bren told WPXI. "He loved animals and loved spreading awareness about animals in the community."
An autopsy was performed Thursday, but authorities are waiting for the toxicology report before making a final determination as to the cause and manner of death.
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