Authorities probing chainsaw massacre of Montco couple.

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There are hints that the death of a Montco husband and wife found with severe cuts from a chainsaw might be a murder-suicide.

Authorities say that, for now, they are only probing the woman’s demise Tuesday as a homicide. Neighbors say the couple were having marital troubles.

"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, told 6ABC. "This is preliminary at this point."

The couple had three kids, and it was their 14-year-old son who found his mom and dad dead inside the home on Country Lane in Lower Moreland, Pa.


The boy called 911 after seeing what CBS Philly said was “gruesome scene.”

ABC and other outlets day the deceased are Chris, 48, and Nicole Peppelman, 43. The pair ran Huntingdon Valley excavation company.

Neighbor Glenn Nathan and family friends told ABC the Peppelman’s marriage was on the rocks and that the mom had recently moved out with the children.

Cops have neither confirmed the victims’ names or the talk of marital strife. Autopsies were underway Wednesday.

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