The body of Gaynor Jones, an 87-year-old obsessive hoarder, was discovered this week underneath a mountain or her own belongings at her West Wales cottage. Reclusive Jones was thought to have died up to four years ago but her body was only found this week in her 19th century Aberaeron stone cottage amongst her troves of hoarded possessions. Police attended the scene after receiving a call from a concerned neighbour, and stumbled through the huge piles of clutter to discover her daughter, Valerie, collapsed underneath mounds of paper. After Valerie was saved, search teams were sent in to search for Gaynor and made the grisly discovery after a whole four days of searching.
Gaynor's badly decomposed remains were discovered in a different section of the cottage, as the mountains of rubbish were cleared away and into skips by the search team. Neighbours commented to local press that the pair had lived there for several years, and were well known in the area but considered to be quite 'odd': "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." Valerie and Gaynor were mainly Welsh speakers, and chose not to mix with their English neighbours who had moved into to the quiet country town.
Valerie is understood to have been taken to hospital in a 'poorly condition' from the 'heavily cluttered' stone cottage, and is being treated for severe dehydration at Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth. Local county councillor Elizabeth Evans said she had known Mrs Jones and her daughter all her life, and said: "The most important thing at the moment is that Valerie is safe and in hospital". Police say Ceredigion coroner Peter Brunton has been informed and an inquest is due to be opened as the cause of death remains unknown.