A Houston hoarder’s body was recovered from underneath four feet of clutter and debris Friday.
Hazmat teams were called to the northwest Houston home on Witte Road after officers found it impossible to walk into the scene to check on the resident.
Neighbors called 911 after smelling a lasting foul smell coming from the residence whose owner had not been seen in public in months.
“When I knocked, as soon as I opened the screen, I could smell the foul odor,” Homeowners Association member Luis Miranda said.
The 76-year-old resident’s body was found with the help of a cadaver dog.
“He was down there probably about 4 feet. I didn’t think we were going to get all the boxes out of the way. They just caved in on them,” Texas EquuSearch member Tim Miller said.
The man’s cause of death is still being determined. Miranda revealed that attempts to clean out the clutter at the home were previously made but the resident was upset about it and the work stopped.
“Just when we think we’ve seen everything, we get called and we know we haven’t seen everything,” Miller added.