The deaths of a husband and wife found with chainsaw wounds in a Lower Moreland home have been ruled a murder-suicide, the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office ruled Wednesday.
County Coroner Walter Hoffman said Nicole Peppelman, 43, died from gaping sharp force injury to the abdomen. She was also stabbed and choked.
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Hoffman said she was murdered by Christopher Pappelman, 48, who died of sharp force injuries to his abdomen and right thigh. His manner of death was ruled a suicide.
Police were called to the home on the 1100 block of Country Lane shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday from a 14-year-old caller who reported finding his parents unresponsive with lacerations from a chainsaw.
NBC Philadelphia reported that the couple had three sons and neighbors recalled a long history of domestic violence.
The couple were separated.