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More than 70 snakes found in Fort Worth home where former zoo worker died

Fort Worth police found more than 70 snakes at a home on Merida Avenue Saturday night where a man died.
Fort Worth police found more than 70 snakes at a home on Merida Avenue Saturday night where a man died.

A man was found dead, possibly of an illness, in a home with more than 70 snakes in carriers Saturday on Merida Avenue, police said.

“It does not seem that the snakes were all over the home,” Officer Tamara Pena said in an email Sunday. “Family members arrived and took custody of the snakes.”

Police said they believe David Blody, 66, may have died from medical problems.

The snakes were discovered in appropriate carriers, police said.

Police received a report of a deceased person about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 4900 block of Merida Avenue, in south Fort Worth.

A friend of Blody’s had called police after going to the home to check on him, police said. The friend knew Blody had been ill. Animal control officers went to the scene, as well as police.

Blody worked in the Fort Worth Zoo’s reptile department in the 1980s and early 1990s, zoo spokeswoman Alexis Wilson said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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