Bergold Makes Initial Appearance for Hiding a Corpse
09/24/2019- The Town of Peshtigo woman arrested last week for concealing her mother’s death may have been living off the deceased woman’s income for as long as four months. 60-year-old Paula Bergold is being charged with hiding a corpse and failure to report a death and made her initial appearance in court yesterday. Neighbors contacted police when they became concerned that they hadn’t seen or heard from 89-year-old Ruby Bergold since May. Paula Bergold eventually admitted to law enforcement she discovered her mother had died and couldn’t bring herself to report it to police, so she placed the woman’s body in a container and brought it to the basement of the home. Bergold also told police she had since been collecting the payments for her mother’s Social Security, stocks, and dividends from her father’s retirement. An autopsy was performed on Ruby Bergold’s body, but her cause of death has not been released.