Hoarder dies after 1st floor falls into basement

CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a hoarder has died after the cluttered first floor of her home collapsed into the basement.

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

Cheshire police tell the Record-Journal (http://bit.ly/SLvoT3 ) that the first floor appeared to collapse under the weight of clutter stacked to the ceiling, and Mitchell was found in the basement under a pile of debris.

Authorities cut their way into the home through a side wall. State officials also responded to the scene.

The chief medical examiner's office will be performing an autopsy.

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Information from: Record-Journal, http://www.record-journal.com

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