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Horrific find in hoarder's home

Mummified Mother Found In Hoarder Daughters Home

The mummified body of an Arizona woman who died almost four years ago was discovered in her hoarder daughter's home.

A realtor entered what she believed was an abandoned home June 28th, but what she found was a rubbish filled house that was holding more than just family memories... it was housing family members.

According to police, back in 2010 Janet Pallone Delatorre found her 98-year-old mother, Jospehine Pallone, had died in her bed. The report reads, "Janet stated she 'panicked' and believed police would think janet killed her based on the condition of the house. Janet assumed the police would think janet neglected her and that is why she died."

So the body remained in the bed until the realtor found it.

Who knows how long the body would have remained in the Gilbert, Arizona home if it weren't for the daughter's ex-husband gaining control of the property after she fell behind in payments.

Police say they are in the process of officially identifying the body, and are making sure there wasn't any foul play.

This isn't the first hoarder-related-death to be in the news recently. Back in June, HuffPost Live reported on a Connecticut hoarder who died after the floor collapsed under the weight of all her belongings. After two days of searching, the 66 year old woman was located in the basement of the home.

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Ty Br August 15 2014 at 11:53 AM

And I bet the daughter continued to cash the social security checks....

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Christi August 15 2014 at 12:02 PM

It's so sad that these things happen and go unnoticed for so long. Family and friends are so important. Did NO one realize this woman was missing for four years? ?

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Hello, Jeffrey August 15 2014 at 12:53 PM

Were the SS checks cashed? Any pension checks??? Follow the money before you follow the crazy!

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rwilliamhoward Hello, Jeffrey August 15 2014 at 1:05 PM

They are 'Direct Deposit' now... The BANK might have become suspicious of inactivity on the accoint, but if she had 'auto-pay' set up for utilities, they wouldn't notice, either.

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mhdjl rwilliamhoward August 15 2014 at 6:00 PM

You are correct. Not to mention that if the mother was 98 when she passed away, the hoarder daughter most likely was old enough to collect her own Social Security checks.

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CHUCK Hello, Jeffrey August 15 2014 at 2:42 PM

You are right there. Need to know all.

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Vicki Moore August 15 2014 at 12:43 PM

It is really sad, hoarders are mentally ill, they do not think like a "normal" person.

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tamsen86 Vicki Moore August 15 2014 at 4:49 PM

So put them away and they won't be able to hoard in lockdown. Though they might try.

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Jennifer Bradt Vicki Moore August 16 2014 at 3:44 AM

That's very true. My mother became a hoarder in her thirties. It continued to worsen. She was the nicest, most kind person. She worked hard, had many friends and always dressed very well. Noone would have known because she was unable to invite them to her home. Sadly, she fell asleep with a cigarette in 2005, and due to the massive amount of items, she had no chance. She passed away at the age of 56. It is a sickness and disease and many people with this sickness simply do not want to be helped. I tried repeatedly, but to no avail.

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Viper1ex19 August 15 2014 at 12:19 PM

Another citizen afraid of their government

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ibdoowop Viper1ex19 August 15 2014 at 12:49 PM

And another nut case right winger posting, essentially.........nothing. Reading your stupid post is 2 seconds that I'll never get back.

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bodhiblem Viper1ex19 August 15 2014 at 5:47 PM

With good reason.

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geocachelinda66 August 15 2014 at 1:11 PM

Hoarding is a mental disease. People should be having compassion instead of making assumptions about SS checks and saying she should be locked up. She needs help, not punishment.

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cgssnavickas August 15 2014 at 12:58 PM

Apparently the mother was a hoarder, too. The daughter was too embarrassed by the hoard to let in authorities, or she was afraid to be charged with neglect. In either case, sounds like the "hoarding gene" was passed down from mother to daughter. As for the checks, it's possible that they were deposited directly into the mother's account. I'm actually surprised that no one complained about the smell from the decaying body.

Should the daughter be charged? Yes. Should she serve jail time? Not sure if that would do anything. Does she need help? Absolutely.

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Brenda August 15 2014 at 12:23 PM

She may, or may not have neglected her in life, but wow, certainly in death.

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wolffmale August 15 2014 at 12:20 PM

King Tut was a hoarder

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rwilliamhoward wolffmale August 15 2014 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, but... He was KING!

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roseyoungstewart wolffmale August 15 2014 at 1:35 PM

what a dumbass post. he died when he was 12. goofy.

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kimcrdr August 15 2014 at 12:17 PM

very sad, This daughter should be brought up on some kind of charge for letting a dead person rot, it makes me wonder if the daughter didn't kill her by not calling authorities, when a person is that old they do die of natural causes and a lot of times they are in their bed, geesh, I will never understand why people do things like they do, may this lady finally be laid to rest and I hope the daughter is put behind bars!

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