Hoarding Investigated as Cause of Deadly Connecticut Home Collapse

It took emergency crews three days to reach the Cheshire resident.

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Police are investigating whether a 66-year-old Cheshire woman died as a result of her own hoarding practices as the first floor of her house collapsed on her, multiple media outlets are reporting. 

Police say a U.S. Postal employee noticed Beverly Mitchell’s mail had been piling up at her 22 Winslow Road house on Thursday, WFSB TV reports

But it took until Saturday morning for local and state authorities to reach Mitchell, who was found in her basement buried under a pile of debris, WFSB reports. A backhoe was needed to reach Mitchell because their were concerns over the structural integrity of the house. 

It appears Mitchell’s hoarding was so extreme that it led to her first floor to collapse on her, and she was found buried under the debris, the New Haven Register reports.

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Mitchell’s first floor was piled waist high with papers and telephone books and other items, WFSB TV reports. The saddest part of this tragedy is no one knows how long Mitchell was buried under all of the debris, WFSB reports. 

Mitchell’s hoarding extended to the outside of her home, authorities said. Neighbors told the New Haven Register that Mitchell was once an active member of the community, would socialize with neighbors, but that changed years ago once her mother who had lived with her died. 

Police do not believe foul play was involved, multiple media outlets report. 

Michael Kinzig June 18, 2014 at 07:58 AM
What a fitting and too infrequent end .Set it on fire, anyone?
Val June 18, 2014 at 12:39 PM
How heartless can you be?? This is a form of mental illness, often triggered by a trauma. These people are typically very loving and giving people who weren't always suffering from this illness, but were once productive members of society. You judgmental a-holes think you are somehow above reproach and actually celebrate their death?? Wow!
Heywood June 18, 2014 at 03:19 PM
I feel sorry for the people who had to search thru the trash to find her corpse.
nascarblue July 14, 2014 at 06:02 AM
this to me is very sad, I agree it is a form of mental illness, did she have family? hopefully if anyone sees a family member or neighbor, etc. hoarding at any extreme, please do not look away, they need help make a call and hopefully save their life, my Prayers for this lady & her family


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