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Beverly Mitchell: Hoarder Dies After Cluttered Floor Collapses

By    |   Monday, 16 Jun 2014 05:46 AM

The weight of all the clutter in the Connecticut home of a woman described as a hoarder collapsed the first floor into the basement where the 66-year-old woman was found dead under a pile of debris.

Police in Cheshire identified the woman as Beverly Mitchell. Her body was found in her home Saturday, two days after a postal carrier called police to request a welfare check because her mail had been piling up for at least a week.

Police Sgt. Kevin O'Donnell said officers went to the house Thursday, but didn't find anyone and thought Mitchell wasn't home. The first-floor had stacks of clutter to the ceilings along the walls and waist-high piles in other areas, and officials didn't realize until Friday that the floor had collapsed, O'Donnell said.

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After making sure the building was safe to enter, officials cut a hole in the side of the house and began removing debris with a backhoe. Authorities found Mitchell's body on Saturday afternoon.

Police had been to Mitchell's house many times over the years responding to requests for welfare checks by neighbors and other people, O'Donnell said. Officers had offered her help from local social service experts, but she refused each time, he said.

"It's unfortunate because ... we've tried all along to get her assistance, but she was a very private and solitary lady," O'Donnell said Sunday.

O'Donnell said officials didn't realize the extent of the clutter in the home until they went inside on Thursday.

Police were still trying to find relatives of Mitchell on Sunday.

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The weight of all the clutter in the Connecticut home of a woman described as a hoarder collapsed the first floor into the basement where the 66-year-old woman was found dead under a pile of debris.
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