Remains of hoarder found dead in her home 'buried under clutter' as neighbours say they had not seen her for four years

June 15, 2018

Article originally sourced by Telegraph, Written By Francesca Marshall




The remains of a missing 87-year-old hoarder have been found buried under clutter in her home as neighbors say they hadn’t seen her for four years.Gaynor Jones was found dead in her cottage in Aberaeron, West Wales, which she shares with her daughter, after neighbours raised the alarm.The elderly woman was feared missing on Monday after emergency services found her daughter Valerie Jones collapsed under mounds of papers and was taken to hospital.


It took police four days to find the human remains of her mother in another part of the cottage.


Search teams used skips to remove furniture and clutter from the home when they discovered the decomposed body.


Believed to be in her 50s, the daughter was taken to Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth in a "poorly condition" and is believed to be suffering from severe dehydration.


Emergency services found the daughter on Monday after a tip-off from neighbours who had grown concerned.


It remains unknown as to how long the widow had been dead for, but one neighbour said he'd not had sight of the women in four years.


The pair are believed to have mainly spoken Welsh and did not regularly mix with their elderly English neighbours. One woman said: "I think the mother was born there herself, so the cottages have been in her families hands for about a century.


"They were well known, not for being seen about, but as the old Welsh family who kept themselves to themselves. They were very reclusive.


"You certainly wouldn't pop over for a cup of tea. I guess you could describe them as odd."


Local residents said the mother and daughter were "well known" in the area, but described them as "odd" and said they rarely left their property.


Local county councillor Elizabeth Evans said that she had known Mrs Jones and her daughter all her life.

"The most important thing at the moment is that Valerie is safe and in hospital," she said.


The house was described as “heavily cluttered” and people living nearby said the pair were reclusive.


One said: "They are a well-known Aberaeron family who keep themselves to themselves and certainly do not seem to welcome visitors.



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