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.
The cats were taken to the North Shore Animal League for bathing, shots and to be put up for adoption.
Neighbors hadn’t seen Alice Klee since early February. Authorities went to her home and never found her, leading to a missing persons report.
An extreme hoarding situation ended in extreme sadness on Tuesday. It may have been a final act of defiance that killed a man and seriously injured his sick mother.
Firemen said they had trouble getting into the third floor apartment of 65-year-old Tyril Royer because of hoarding conditions all the way up to the door.
Authorities are still waiting to get autopsy results in the death of Roy Swenson – believed to be in his 90’s — before they decide if they’ll charge his daughter, Christina Swenson.
It may be hard to imagine, living in clutter to the point where it may threaten health and safety. But between 3 million and 6 million Americans have a disorder that causes them to hoard.