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Hoarder Dies After 1st Floor Falls Into Basement

Updated: Sunday, June 15 2014, 04:14 PM CDT

Police in Connecticut say an apparent hoarder has died after the cluttered first floor of her home collapsed into the basement.

Authorities say 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell was found in her Cheshire home Saturday, two days after a postal carrier called police to request a welfare check because her mail was piling up.

Cheshire police say they went to the home Thursday but didn't find anyone. Police say the first floor was piled waist-high with clutter, and they didn't realize until Friday that the floor had collapsed.

Officials say they found Mitchell's body while removing debris with a backhoe through a hole in the house.

Police say Mitchell had declined offers of help from social service officials over the years.

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Hoarder Dies After 1st Floor Falls Into Basement


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