Authorities investigate Missouri snake breeder’s death

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NEW FLORENCE, Mo. (AP) _ Authorities are investigating the death of a Missouri snake breeder who was shot several times by an intruder.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Montgomery County Sheriff Matthew Schoo says 29-year-old Benjamin Renick was found last week near several hundred caged snakes inside his business, Renick Reptiles.

He specialized in breeding designer pythons at the business that he ran out of a building near his home. He sold the nonvenomous snakes nationwide.

The initial report was that he may have been killed by a large snake that was on the loose, although that’s not what happened. Schoo said people of interest had been identified but offered few details.

Renick’s father was a pet food manufacturer who killed himself in 2012 after federal authorities accused him of mishandling investor funds.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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