Man To Get Amputated Leg Back

Authorities say a South Carolina man who mistakenly lost his amputated leg when it was sold in a barbecue smoker at a public auction will get the appendage back.

John Wood had been battling to regain custody of the leg from Shannon Whisnant. Whisnant found the leg in a barbecue smoker he purchased at an auction of Wood's belongings last week.

Whisnant first turned the leg over to police but later claimed ownership of it, saying he wanted to charge admission for people to see it.

Wood's leg was amputated three years ago after an airplane crash. He had been keeping the leg so it could be cremated with him when he dies.

Capt. Tracy Ledford of the Maiden Police Department says Wood, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, has arranged to pick up the leg.


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  • by Maria Location: Here on Oct 5, 2007 at 12:44 PM
    I wonder where he'll lay it down next time.
  • by angela Location: rocky mount on Oct 4, 2007 at 10:24 PM
    In a smoker? He should've put it in a safe deposit box at the bank...SIKE! I beleive he could've found somewhere a little safer to put his leg. He should just have it cremated now and save his ashes for later.
  • by heather Location: newbern on Oct 4, 2007 at 12:11 PM
    what i would like to know is why the man put the leg in a bbq smoker
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