A man who went missing in Indonesia was found dead in an unlikely place – inside the stomach of a snake measuring at more than 20 feet long. The 25-year-old victim who was only identified as Akbar went to the island of Sulawesi to work on his palm oil crops Sunday morning. But he never made it back home. 

Akbar had been missing for an entire day, Mashura, a spokesperson for the police in West Sulawesi province told BBC Indonesian. A search party was formed Monday night.

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In the midst of the search, police saw a dead python near Akbar’s house. They also noticed his boots imprinted inside the snake’s stomach, according to the Straits Times, a newspaper in Singapore. 

"They didn't find him (Akbar), but the villagers saw an unmoving python in the ditch. They grew suspicious that maybe the snake had Akbar. When they cut it open, Akbar was inside the snake," said Mashura, who, like many Indonesians uses one name.

"People had heard cries from the palm grove the night before Akbar was found in the snake's stomach," village secretary Junaidi told the Jakarta Post.

"When the snake was captured, the boots Akbar was wearing were clearly visible in the stomach of the snake," Junaidi added. "Resident[s] cut open the belly of the snake and Akbar was lifeless."

Many speculated the reticulated python, which was reported to be 23-feet-long, choked Akbar to death. But in the process of the python attempting to swallow Akbar, it then choked as well.  

Reticulated pythons are the world's longest reptiles and longest snakes. They are mainly found in Indonesia and certain parts of Southeast Asia. Although they infrequently kill or eat humans, there have been some reports of pythons swallowing young children, monkeys, pigs and other animals. They choke their victims to death before swallowing them whole.

Watch the almost six-minute-long video of the villagers cutting open the python below: