LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A bag of bones found in a cemetery in Ludlow had police puzzled, until a Ludlow resident came forward to say, “It’s my leg.”
It’s not a Halloween prank, although it does fit the holiday.
On Tuesday, we told you about a cemetery worker who came across a bag of bones. But the person they belong to is alive and well.
It’s been 47 years since Herold Pipper lost his leg in a machine accident at work, he was working third shift at Chapman Valve on New Year’s Day when the accident happened.
“I was crouched down in front of a degree plate and the chain snapped. I heard that it was holding the valve and the valve fell on top of me. I tried to jump back and my leg landed on another layout table and came down on top of me.”
Herold was in a coma after the accident. His family decided to have his leg amputated and buried at Island Pond Cemetery in Ludlow.
It wasn’t until Tuesday, when a DPW worker found the bag of bones, that Herold found out exactly where his leg had been all this time.
“My brother-in-law called, and at first I thought it was a prank, and he says, ‘No I’m serious they’re looking for you.’ So I don’t know. I couldn’t believe it,” he said.
The leg was buried several rows away from where the family thought it had been buried, which was supposed to be a four-plot grave purchased by Herold’s mother.
Since the accident, Herold turned his disability into his life’s work. To this day he works full-time making prosthetics for others who have lost limbs.
Ludlow Police did confirm to 22News that Herold’s story matched up with records from the cemetery.