Body of Hoarder Found in Home After 5-Day Search
Dallas authorities had to cut holes in the roof
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Police showed up at Skip Bynum's house in Dallas last Saturday after his friends reported that the 67-year-old was missing. It wasn't until Thursday that searchers finally found his body amid decades of junk he had hoarded over the years, reports MyFox Dallas. In fact, the piles were so high that authorities had to cut holes in the roof and get in through the attic. Still, it wasn't until police got a warrant to begin hauling out the clutter that Bynum was found. The cause of death isn't known yet.

Neighbors say they knew Bynum had a problem but didn't feel the need to report it. “I wasn’t going to go in and intervene and say, ‘Dude, go clean up your house,'" one tells the Dallas Morning News. The city is going to decide in the next few days whether the house needs to be demolished, and neighbors already are bracing for an onslaught of rats if it comes down. One bright spot: A friend was able to rescue Bynum's chihuahua from the mess.

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FarmerMichael
Mar 30, 2014 2:03 PM CDT
So all the smug folks here, have you looked on your hard drive lately? If that was paper, you could not live in your house....
DarkFrancis
Mar 30, 2014 10:08 AM CDT
Is hoarder the new name for a slovenly pig?
Norman Johnson
Mar 30, 2014 8:54 AM CDT
I work with a guy who is a hoarder.His car is fulla junk that shouldn't be there in case of a crash,and his work area is fulla useless junk that has nothing to do wit his job.I haven't seen his house,but I hear it too is fulla junk.He even save little plastic food containers inthe lunchroom sink and never cleans them out,so they end up fulla rotting crap in the sink.