Woman's Body Found Under Garbage Piled Eight Feet High

Authorities have found the body of a 71-year-old woman after wading through a Jacksonville, Florida home filled with garbage piled eight feet high.

The Florida Times-Union reports that officers were checking on Carina E. Decampo late Tuesday, after worried family members called to say they hadn't heard from her in weeks.

They were met with what police called "unbelievable squalor" and a stench that made officers ill.

After trying to search for about 20 minutes, they had to call in help.

The fire department arrived, using breathing gear and search dogs to find Decampo.

No cause of death was immediately released.


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  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Oct 9, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    Yeah, sounds like she was a hoarder. But how did her body end up under the garbage? Maybe it fell on her after she collapsed and died, or maybe she died as a result of suffocating. I guess she didn't have any close family or friends either, that could watch out for her, if she had all that stuff piled up. But if she's like your typical hoarder, she won't let you remove it anyway. Sad, sad story.
  • by they say they Brandy Location: Pitt Co on Oct 8, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    On first look it seems like hoardering. Police will get to the bottom of this. Very sad indeed.
  • by PUREBREAD on Oct 8, 2009 at 02:42 PM
    This woman lived 71 years just to have this happen happen to her at the end.This has MURDER wrote all over it.Poor woman.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 8, 2009 at 08:11 AM
    Good chance this woman was what doctors call a 'hoarder'. Maybe she stacked the 8ft tall garbage up and when she colapsed it fell on her. (?) Or, maybe is was foul play. In any case, I think she was definetly a 'hoarder' because the extensive amount of trash in her home.
  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Oct 8, 2009 at 07:11 AM
    Okay, first off, how the heck did she get under 8 feet of garbage. I can see it if she was found at a garbage dump, but this was her home. SOMEONE had to know she was there and kept piling on garbage bags to cover the smell of her decaying body. This is way too wierd. All that trash is now evidence. If the cops look through it, they just migt find a culprit. This was a cover up, any way you look at it.
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