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'Hoarder' buried alive in her collapsed home


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'Hoarder' buried alive in her collapsed home

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jun 16, 2014

A 66-year-old woman was found dead in her Cheshire, Conn., home on June 14 after a full day-long search. The first floor of her residence had collapsed and fallen into the basement, burying her in the clutter. Police say the collapse could have happened as long as a week before the discovery of the body of Beverly Mitchell, who lived alone.

"She was a hoarder,” Sgt. Kevin O’Donnell tells The Cheshire Citizen. “This was an accidental death caused by disrepair.”

"The fire department went with special equipment, the state assisted with cadaver dogs and the Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue Unit, Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and state police dogs," all assisted in the recovery effort, reports The Cheshire Citizen. "Police found stacks of debris piled to the ceiling.

Officials cut into the side of the home, which granted them access inside the residence.

“She was a recluse,” O'Donnell further tells The Cheshire Citizen. “We weren’t sure she was in the building. She has a history of leaving and not telling anyone.”

Authorities have found no next of kin. Her body will be released to a funeral home for burial once her official cause of death is determined.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.