Elderly hoarder found dead at home without electricity, heat or indoor toilet

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Neighbors said the elderly man lived in a house with a 15-year-old water leak and had so many belongings that they broke through his fence and spilled onto others’ properties.

The old man was from Scunthorpe and the neighbors called him a hoarder
The old man was from Scunthorpe and the neighbors called him a hoarder

An elderly man, described as a hoarder, was found dead in his home after no one had seen him for nearly a month.

Police confirmed the death of the man, from Scunthorpe, and said he is not being treated as a suspect.

At the time of his death, he is believed to have had no heating, electricity, or working indoor toilet. GrimsbyLive reported .

On top of that, relatives of his neighbors claimed that he was dealing with a 15-year-old water leak, as well as a host of other issues.

Tony Graves visits the family at one of the properties next door to the house.

The man had not been seen for almost a month before his death.
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He said: “The last we saw of him was just before Christmas when we heard him crashing and banging on the house and his windows opening and closing occasionally.

“We think he had a lot of problems with his house as we know he had been dealing with a water leak for around 15 years which had also caused parts of my relative’s property to be flooded.

He reportedly had so many belongings that his garden fence collapsed onto a neighbor’s property.
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“However, he would often barricade himself so no one could get in to see him or help him.

“Then his fence collapsed into the neighboring garden due to the weight of all the things he had leaning against it and all his possessions fell onto his lawn.

“As far as we know, he had no family and lived alone.”

Neighbors said he was friendly and personable whenever they spoke to him.
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Tony said the man had always been nice when they talked to him.

She added: “He was fine whenever I talked to him, but he was a very private man.

“I was very surprised when I saw inside the house when the fence fell down.

Humberside Police discovered the body of the elderly man
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“From the looks of it, there were no windows or doors and no indoor toilet, just an outhouse in the back garden.

“I think the toilet inside was just a piece of cardboard in the kitchen with a roll of toilet paper next to it.

“Unfortunately, I think the house is now only fit for a bulldozer, but people shouldn’t have to live like this, it’s not right.”

His home is believed to have had no electricity or working heat and no indoor toilet.
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A Humberside Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to a premises on Churchfield Road, Scunthorpe on Friday 14th January following reports of concerns for the safety of a male at approximately 4.50pm.

“Upon arrival a man was found to have sadly died. His death is not being treated as suspicious and our thoughts remain with his family at this sad time.”

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