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Cops: Hoarder Dies After Floor In Home Collapses

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CHESHIRE, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 66-year-old Connecticut woman who appeared to be a hoarder died when the cluttered first floor of her home collapsed into the basement, police said.

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, police said.

Cheshire police told the Record-Journal in Meriden 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. Officials said they couldn’t safely enter the home until Saturday.

Authorities had to 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.

The death evokes the famous case of the Collyer brothers, two men who were found dead in their cluttered Harlem brownstone in 1947.

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