Search for family of hoarder who died in home with no electricity or indoor toilet

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Frank Goddard, 86, was at his home on Churchfield Road when Humberside Police officers found his body on Friday, having died with no electricity, heating or indoor toilet

Humberside Police discovered the body of the elderly man after receiving reports of concern for his safety
Humberside Police discovered the body of the elderly man after receiving reports of concern for his safety

A hoarder who died after nobody had seen him for a month has been named by police as they search for his next-of-kin.

Frank Goddard, 86, was at his home on Churchfield Road when Humberside Police officers found his body on Friday, January 14 after receiving calls concerned for his welfare.

He was found to be living without electricity, heating and an indoor toilet, reports Grimsby Live.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Neighbors believe he has no family and police have now launched an appeal to trace his next of kin.

A spokesperson from Humberside Police said: “We are appealing to help locate the next of kin for 86-year-old Frank Goddard.

Piles of rubbish in the garden of the pensioner’s home
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“Sadly, Frank was found deceased at his address on Churchfield Road, Scunthorpe.

“Despite extensive inquiries, we have not yet located his next of kin.

“People known to Frank may have previously known him by the name Frank Kitchen.

“If you are the next of kin for Frank, or know who is, please contact us on our non-emergency number 101 quoting log 366 of 14 January.”

Humberside Police discovered the body of the elderly man after receiving reports of concern for his safety.

Those who made acquaintance with Frank on Churchfield Road described him as a hoarder who lived in appalling conditions.

Tony Graves, who visits family in one of the properties next to the house, said his home was thought to have had ‘no working electric or heating and no indoor toilet’.

Debris in the garden of the home where the pensioner’s body was discovered
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He said: “The last we saw of him was just before Christmas when we heard him crashing and banging in the house and his windows occasionally opening and closing.

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

“However, he often barricaded himself in so no one could ever get in to see him or help.”

“Then his fence caved in to the neighboring garden due to the weight of all the things he had leaning up against it and all his possessions fell on to her lawn.

“As far as we’re aware, he had no family and was living on his own.

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

Mr Graves said the man was always pleasant when he spoke to him.

The house was filled with rubbish when police found the pensioner’s body
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He said: “He was alright whenever I talked to him, but he was a very private man.

“I was really surprised when I saw into the house when the fence fell over though.

“There were no windows or doors by the looks of things and there was no inside toilet, only an out house in the back garden.

“I do believe the toilet inside was just a piece of cardboard in the kitchen with some toilet roll next to it.

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