WARNING! Compulsive Hoarding Can Lead to Death!

@sconibear (8006)
United States
September 2, 2010 6:20pm CST
There was a lady here in Las Vegas that went missing. Hundreds of people searched for her, searching the desert around her house. Her family offered a $10,000 reward, but no trace of her was ever found......she just disappeared. And then 4 months later, her husband found her in her own bedroom buried underneath a pile of clothes. It turns out the couple were extreme hoarders. They had so much accumulated stuff, they had to add a second house to their property because their first house was completely full. Anyways, it's amazing nobody found her for 4 months even though police dogs searched the house several times and the husband was there everyday. I guess it was just that bad. I can't even imagine how bad it must of smelled for a dead body to go undetected for 4 months. Here's the article....it was written by a very very close friend of mine: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5733754/the_mysterious_disappearance_of_billie.html?cat=5 Do you, or have you ever known any compulsive hoarders? Any of them ever go missing?
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@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
3 Sep 10
Wow! Who could ever believe that the house could be in such condition that a body could not be found for 4 months? It just baffles the mind!
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@formidexo (1351)
• Canada
4 Sep 10
Again wow! Hoarding for some people must be a disease.
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
3 Sep 10
[i][/i]Hi sconi! I had read this article and it is really sad! I have seen a number of these stories on tv too! It is a "sickness" and people don't understand that these people really need psychiatric help! I am a bit of a "pack rat" or at least I was until my boyfriend moved in. He made me get rid of alot of my stuff because we needed more room and he hates clutter! I am getting a bit better at it, but still have a way to go. I am alot more organized now at least.
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@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
3 Sep 10
I had an aunt that used to save newspapers, toilet paper rolls, etc and probably other things as well. Since she lived in another state we only visited her home a few times as I was growing up. She passed away many years ago, but I wonder if she would have been considered a hoarder. There was a lady in my city that used to hoard things. Her house and her car were stacked full. After she passed away her family had to go through everything piece by piece since there was money hidden away inside of things. I never knew anyone who was a hoarder that went missing though. That is quite a story. I watch those hoarder programs on tv and wonder how people can live like that. I guess its a disease. So sad!
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@DawGwath (1044)
• Romania
3 Sep 10
Holy smoke, my father is a hoarder. Fortunately my mother is exactly the opposite and keeps him at bay. She throws the junk he collects without notice and it almost breaks his heart at times. But the timing must be perfect. More than once he actually took the stuff out of the garbage bin and brought it back in the house . He has a basement room though where we don't even want to know what is being kept.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Sep 10
Are you sure the husband didn't embalm her and stick her under the pile? Seriously, I don't get how the dogs couldn't smell her, that just defies belief!
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Sep 10
PS Great article, hot photo!
@sconibear (8006)
• United States
2 Sep 10
I guess it just smelled that nasty in there. That is a pretty hot photo.........if I was gay I would totally date that guy!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Sep 10
• United States
3 Sep 10
My friend who killed herself was like this. it was nasty to watch her live like that. I feel bad for people who live this way. My daughter has a friend who is this way. She will not dare spend the night in her house.
@sconibear (8006)
• United States
3 Sep 10
It's definitely a mental illness. A "professional organizer" who deals with hoarders claims that up to 5% of the American population deal with some type of hoarding. Kinda scary.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
3 Sep 10
Actually I do know one. Every time we visited I felt like the walls ( & all the stuff piled against them ) were going to fall in on me. I could never stay there long.
@sconibear (8006)
• United States
3 Sep 10
I think that's what happened to this lady.....I think she had a stroke or something and then her junk just swallowed her up.
• Philippines
4 Sep 10
huh i think it is impossible to aperson to not smell a decayed body....... unless he have an extreme impairement on the nose=I hmmmmmp.... i think i smell a foul play here=)lols just a hunch hahhha
@buenavida (7960)
• Sweden
4 Sep 10
What a story.. And I thought I was a collector!! Yes, I do have a lot of things that should be thrown or given away. I wonder what there is in my wardrobes?? A skeleton or two?? But I canĀ“t remember any of my guests missing.. So there might be just ordinary normal or almost normal clutter..