Child finds parents’ bodies mutilated by chainsaw

Chainsaw couple death

LOWER MORELAND, Pa. (WKRN) – A young boy discovered his parents’ mutilated bodies inside their Pennsylvania home Tuesday afternoon.

WPVI confirmed through family, friends and public records that the bodies in the home were of Chris and Nicole Peppelman.

Police said the couple’s young son found the bodies at 12:50 p.m. inside the family’s home on Country Lane.

The boy immediately called 911.

Investigators said the 48-year-old husband and his 43-year-old wife had suffered severe cuts, which appear to have been inflicted with a chainsaw.

“The death of the female seems to be an apparent homicide. However, the investigation is continuing,” Kevin Steele, First Assistant District Attorney for Montgomery County, said Tuesday. “This is preliminary at this point.”

The Peppelmans reportedly operated an excavating company in nearby Huntingdon Valley.

WPVI spoke with family friend Eric Shallcross, who went to school with Nicole Peppelman.

“Outgoing, everyone loved her,” said Shallcross. “Really honestly nothing bad to say about her. He was a great guy to his friends. The people who knew him … he really was a good person.”

But WPVI discovered police had responded to the home in the past for domestic issues.

Longtime neighbor Glenn Nathan and family friends said the couple’s marriage was in trouble, and that the wife had moved out, along with the couple’s three sons.

“We’re going to miss them, is my thought,” said Nathan. “They were beautiful people, beautiful children and it’s awful. It’s absolutely awful,” Nathan said.

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