Police: Hoarder dies when floor collapses

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CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say a 66-year-woman who appeared to be a hoarder died when the cluttered first floor of her home collapsed into the basement.

Authorities say 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 told the Record-Journal 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 say 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.

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