40 snakes taken from Chesterfield home where man died

Published: Oct. 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:54 AM EDT
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The family of Jack Redmond released this statement.
The family of Jack Redmond released this statement.

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries removed dozens of snakes from a Chesterfield home where a man was found dead Monday. Police are continuing their investigation into what they're classifying a suspicious death.

Family members identified the victim as Jack Redmond and say he was battling cancer. However, officials also say he did appear to have a snake bite on his finger. Now the snakes have been removed from the home.

Redmond's wife called police at 3:30 p.m. Monday after she found her 70-year-old husband dead in their home in the 10800 block of Hinshaw Drive. When police arrived, they found 40 snakes inside, including 24 they consider venomous.

"The animals were well maintained. Everything was locked and secure," said J.D. Kloepfer with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Police aren't saying if they believe the snake bite led to Redmond's death. The medical examiner is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Family members posted a written statement saying:

"Jack was a loving and wonderful husband and amazing friend to so many people. He loved old cars, travel, art, languages, and all of nature. He cared greatly about the environment. He was bravely fighting cancer, but found reasons to laugh and make us all laugh every day."

Owning poisonous snakes is unlawful in Chesterfield under a county ordinance.

Anyone with information of the case should contact the Chesterfield County Police at (804)748-1269.

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