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Man Found Dead, Mother Hospitalized After Police Find 'Extreme Hoarding' Conditions

DRAVOSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) - A man was found dead and his mother was taken to the hospital after police discovered "extreme hoarding" conditions at a home in Dravosburg.

First responders were called to a house on Goldstrom Avenue around noon Tuesday, dispatchers said. There's been no official confirmation, but they confirmed privately they were summoned after neighbors raised concern about a stench coming from the house.

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(Photo: KDKA Photojournalist Ian Smith)

Fighting through piles of debris, they found a woman they estimated to be in her 80s on the first floor. They said she appeared weak, disoriented and dehydrated. She was taken to UPMC Mercy.

Upstairs, they said they found the body of her son, a man they estimated in his 60s, who had been dead for some time. The medical examiner's office removed the body and it's been transported to the morgue.

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(Photo: KDKA Photojournalist Ian Smith)

At this point, there's no indication of any foul play, just that the two had lived together in the cluttered house and had apparently neglected their health. Neighbors said they rarely saw them as they rarely ventured outside but did hear them fighting.

"The only time we heard them was when they were fighting and I didn't ever see them outside of the home," said neighbor Johannah Frenshick.

Police are investigating.

Andy Sheehan will have more breaking details on KDKA Evening News.

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