A Connecticut woman who police called a hoarder was found dead over the weekend after the floor of her home collapsed under the weight of her stuff, according to media reports.
The New Haven Register reported that Beverly Mitchell, 66, of Cheshire was found dead on Sunday and that the first floor had given way to the waist and ceiling high mess of clutter.
CBS Connecticut reported the state chief medical examiner’s office determined she died of accidental and traumatic asphyxia.
Officials had to cut their way through the side of the ranch-style house and found the woman in the basement under the debris. Police said Mitchell had previously declined help from social services.
“It’s unfortunate because ... we’ve tried all along to get her assistance, but she was a very private and solitary lady,” Police Sgt. Kevin O’Donnell told the Register.
The fire and building departments have deemed the home “unfit for human occupancy,” according to the Norwich Bulletin.
Police are still investigating and attempting to find relatives.