US hoarder died under crush of debris

2014-06-18 06:37
The home of Beverly Mitchell in Cheshire, Conn. (Wes Duplantier, AP, New Haven Register)

The home of Beverly Mitchell in Cheshire, Conn. (Wes Duplantier, AP, New Haven Register)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hartford - A US woman described by police as an apparent hoarder was crushed to death when a floor piled with clutter collapsed into her basement, medical officials said on Tuesday.

The Connecticut state chief medical examiner's office said 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell died of accidental and traumatic asphyxia.

Mitchell's body was found on Saturday as crews were using a backhoe to remove debris from her home. She may have been dead for more than a week, police said.

Authorities have said they believe the first floor collapsed under the weight of all the clutter, which was stacked as high as the ceiling in some places. Cheshire Fire Chief Jack Casner said there were holes in the roof that may have leaked water onto the floor and made it weaker.

A postal carrier called police on Thursday to ask for a welfare check because Mitchell's mail had been piling up for at least a week, authorities said. Police did go into the home on Thursday, but said they didn't find anyone and thought Mitchell wasn't home.

Authorities didn't even notice that the floor had collapsed on Thursday because all they saw was ceiling-high clutter along the walls and waist-high clutter in other areas, police Sgt Kevin O'Donnell said.

It wasn't until Friday that officials discovered the first floor had caved in. 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.

Casner said officials still haven't been able to find Mitchell's relatives and are taking out ads in local newspapers looking for them.

O'Donnell said officers checked on Mitchell's welfare many times over the past several years and offered her help from social service providers, but she refused every time. He said local officials had no idea how cluttered the home was until they entered it on Thursday.

- AP
Read more on:    us
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Langa 08:11 AM
Road name: N2 Inbound

ACCIDENT on the side of the carriageway before the Bhunga Avenue exit - expect delays

Kenilworth 08:08 AM
Road name: Race Course Road Westbound

DELAYS between Jan Smuts Drive and the M5 Highway Interchange

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 30% off top fragrances

Get mind blowing savings on selected fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today is a good day to combine imagination, information and creativity together. Try not to over rationalise things and rather...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.