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TV twins found dead listed each other as next of kin

March 8, 2012 | 11:14 am

Patricia and Joan MillerIt took time to find relatives of the Miller sisters, who appeared in TV shows in the 1950s, because they listed each other as next of kin.

Patricia and Joan Miller were found dead last month, and officials took the unusual step of publicizing their deaths in hopes of finding next of kin.

Authorities said it will likely take two months to determine an official cause of death, though foul play is not suspected.

A detective told the Associated Press that medical examiners could not determine an immediate cause based on their initial investigation. They are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

Officials located four cousins on Wednesday -- but they all said they did not know the sisters well and that the women kept to themselves, investigators said.

In their last decades, the sisters were recluses, isolated in their Lake Tahoe home, sheriff’s officials said. It's likely they were dead for several weeks before their bodies were found, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Det. Matt Harwood.

The 73-year-old twins were found after volunteers arrived at their home for a welfare check Feb. 25 and did not get an answer. Deputies entered the home and found the sisters' bodies, one in her bedroom, the other in a hallway just outside. Foul play has been ruled out.

Medical examiners were performing tests to determine an exact time of death.

Detectives have combed through pictures and documents trying to find a relative to notify. They found a photo of the twins as young girls sitting on Bing Crosby’s lap and another of the pair in tap shoes.

Investigators learned that the sisters appeared regularly on the weekly television musical show "The Hoffman Hayride" in the 1950s and that they entertained troops at several military bases.


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Photo: An undated photo provided by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department shows twin sisters Patricia and Joan Miller. It is unknown which sister is which. Credit: El Dorado County Sheriff's Department