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      Hoarder dies after 1st floor falls into basement

      CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say an apparent hoarder has died after the cluttered first floor of her home collapsed into the basement.

      Authorities say 66-year-old Beverly Mitchell was found in her Cheshire home Saturday, two days after a postal carrier called police to request a welfare check because her mail was piling up.

      Cheshire police say they went to the home Thursday but didn't find anyone. Police say the first floor was piled waist-high with clutter, and they didn't realize until Friday that the floor had collapsed.

      Officials say they found Mitchell's body while removing debris with a backhoe through a hole in the house.

      Police say Mitchell had declined offers of help from social service officials over the years.
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