Beverly Mitchell, a hoarder, dies in her home under mounds of debris after being buried alive by all of the junk piled high around the residence. Already an update to this trending story has been made available this Father’s Day via The Indy Channel News, who reports this Sunday, June 15, that an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Beverly Mitchell’s death. Police suspect at this time that the 66-year-old woman whose body was found in the basement was likely killed when her first floor suddenly caved in under the tremendous weight of all her clutter.
Although Connecticut law officials in the Cheshire area allegedly met with severe hoarder Beverly Mitchell in the past in an attempt to help her with the dangerous compulsion, the reclusive woman is said to have died because she refused that help. Hoarding has become a national compulsion brought into the pop culture spotlight recently through such hit shows as A&E’s “Hoarders,” yet a tragedy such as this proves that the issue is no laughing matter and can lead to severe harm, or even death.
Officials are still identifying the specific details in the case, but it appears that a hoarder was killed in her home — quite literally crushed — after the first floor of her residence gave way under the massive weight of the piles of clutter, which were said to reach halfway up to the ceiling. Beverly Mitchell’s body was found among the debris on Saturday in her basement; a formal autopsy is set to be completed within the week to determine the precise cause of her unfortunate demise.
A postal mail carrier, adds the New York CBS Local in their coverage update, is the main reason that the shocking incident surrounding the 66-year-old hoarder was even discovered. The mail carrier noticed that something suspicious was afoot, as the woman was late on a welfare check and had not come out of her home in days to pick up the mail. Cheshire officials immediately feared that something relating to the woman’s junk and hoarding compulsion was to blame, as they had met with her before to discuss this growing problem. She had consistently rejected any offered help.
When police finally made it onto the scene, they found that Beverly Mitchell, a severe hoarder, had died under the literally mounds of debris that had fallen into her basement. The first floor of her home had apparently completely fallen through under the intense weight, and with clutter everywhere, it took hours before anyone could even make it to her sunken body.
Due to the potential safety hazard that the woman’s house posed — police were understandably worried that other parts of the Connecticut home, particularly sections of the first floor structure — they were forced to break into the home through a wall. Both state officials and social response teams were said to come together in order to make sense of the perilous hoarding situation.
As investigators continue to search for Beverly Mitchell’s family and an autopsy will be performed on the hoarder’s body to learn just how she died, the bizarre event stands as a warning to the true threat that compulsive hoarding can pose to people and property. The unexpected death is said to bring to mind the notorious passing of the Collyer brothers in Harlem in the late 1940s, who were similarly found dead in the basements of their home under piles of debris, junk, and clutter.