Showbiz twins who died together were 'pretty reclusive'
Police have located relatives of the Miller sisters, who appeared in TV shows in the 1950s, but said there is still much they don't know about the women's deaths.
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.
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.
"They confirmed pretty much what everyone else told me," Harwood said of the relatives' description of the sisters. "They were pretty reclusive and no one really knows why."
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