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  • 16 June 2014, 8:22

Hoarder Killed After Floor Of Home Collapses

A US pensioner has died after the first floor of her home collapsed into the basement because of the weight of hoarded belongings.

Police in Connecticut said 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell was found in her home in Cheshire on Saturday, two days after a postman raised the alarm because her mail was piling up.

Officers went to the home on Thursday, but found no one at home.

The first floor of the property was piled waist-high with clutter and they did not realise until the following day that the first floor had collapsed.

Authorities said Ms Mitchell's body was found when an excavator began removing debris through a hole in the house.

The pensioner reportedly refused offers of help from social service officials.

Items piled up in the house included bottles, newspapers, magazines and post.

Sergeant Kevin O'Donnell said: "It appears, at least, that the floor gave way. All the items that she had collected for many years covered her as the floor sank into the basement.

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

Ms Mitchell is believed to have been dead for around a week before her body was discovered.

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