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Reclusive TV twins didn't seem to 'need anybody,' friend says

Twin sisters found dead in El Dorado CountyThe elderly twins who died mysteriously in South Lake Tahoe were inseparable, a longtime friend said Wednesday.

"They were always together," said Betty Mitchell, 89. “They really didn’t seem to need anybody else in their lives."

Patricia and Joan Miller, identical twins who performed on a TV show in the 1950s, were found dead in their home last week. No relatives have come forward despite media reports. It’s unclear how they died.

Mitchell said she supervised Patricia Miller in the 1970s in the El Dorado County social services office. Joan Miller worked in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District during that time. Earlier in their lives, they worked as entertainers.

In Lake Tahoe, the sisters briefly sang in a local choir, Mitchell said, but they mostly kept to themselves. Mitchell said she rarely saw them apart.

“They had been together all their lives, literally, in utero on,” she said.


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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

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