Hoarder found dead under mountain of debris

Posted at 12:55 PM, Jun 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-16 12:55:29-04

CHESHIRE, Conn. — A woman was found dead in her debris-filled home Saturday after the first floor of her home collapsed into the basement.

The body of 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell was found in the basement of her Connecticut home under a mountain of debris, according to

Police described the woman as a recluse.

A mail carrier alerted police that mail had been piling up at Mitchell’s home for about a week. Officers searched through waist-high debris on the first floor of the single family home, but could not find the woman.

Mitchell’s body was later found on Saturday morning in the basement under a pile of debris from the collapse of the floor in the room above.

Police say the collapse likely occurred about a week earlier.

Neighbors say the woman stopped driving several years ago and rarely left her home.

Two of Mitchell’s cars are in her driveway, both filled with packages, mail and other paper items.

Source: WTIC