Prosthetic leg of Wisconsin man found in beaver dam

WABENO, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man has his prosthetic leg back after the lost limb was discovered sticking out of a beaver dam by two canoers.

Elliot Fuller and Jason Franklin spotted the leg while paddling between a pair of lakes near Wabeno in Forest County on Thursday, the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported. Fuller said they were convinced it was part of a corpse until they got close enough to pull it out.

I was sure we had found a dead body that someone dumped into the creek,” the Germantown man said. “We thought it was real at first until we got a closer look.”

A quick search on Craigslist yielded an ad from Mark Warner, who lost the prosthetic limb when his own canoe tipped over during a July fishing trip on Range Line Lake in Wabeno. The 49-year-old from Green Bay said he rescued his fishing gear and cooler, but the prosthetic limb got away.

“I wasn’t overly worried about it because I use my older model for fishing and hunting,” Warner said. “It wasn’t my everyday leg, to put it that way.”

Fuller and Franklin found the limb three miles from where Warner lost it. They returned it to Warner on Friday, netting a $50 reward for its safe return.

“Just did what I thought was right,” Franklin said. “I hope that if I lost my leg that someone would return it to me, too.”

Warner said he was sure it was gone. A friend had to convince him to put up the Craigslist ad.

“I really didn’t expect to see it again. On my end, it’s pretty amazing and it’s pretty bizarre where it ended up,” Warner said.


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  • RealMcCoy August 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Well, isn’t that a dam wonder! If the leg had been a foot lower, they never would have found it sticking out of the beaver dam. Congrats to the canoe crew, who risked life and limb to retrieve this man’s leg.

  • Bob August 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    not beaver dam arizona, not local, not interesting

  • Henry August 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Did these guys conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment before removing the prosthetic leg from the beaver dam? If not, the EPA bureaucrats may charge these two with trying to eradicate the Wisconsin beaver population.

    • Henry August 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      My comment above included a statement in brackets that said I was just kidding, which dropped off. Sorry for any misunderstanding.

  • .... August 9, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    OMG ! you said beaver on St George news. Lmao. !

  • Johnny August 10, 2016 at 1:13 am

    For a satirical take on the missing prosthetic leg, check out

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