'Inseparable' Twins, 73, Found Dead Together
They had Hollywood past, became recluses
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2012 1:07 PM CST
This undated copy of a photo provided by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office shows twin sisters Patricia and Joan Miller.   (AP Photo/El Dorado County Sheriffs)

(Newser) – Police in California are trying to unravel the puzzling deaths of identical twin sisters, reports the AP. Patricia and Joan Miller of South Lake Tahoe were entertainers as kids in the 1950s, performing on TV and before the troops, but they turned into recluses for most of the last 40 years. Police found the bodies of the 73-year-old sisters, one in her bedroom and the other just outside it in the hallway, when neighbors called.

"My perception is one died and the other couldn't handle it," says a police detective. "It appears purely natural, but we are still trying to piece it all together." Among the mementoes in the house: a photo of them as young girls posing with Bing Crosby. It's not clear whether any other relatives exist, which is part of the reason police have gone public. "I never heard of anyone else being in either of their lives," says a former acquaintance. "They were inseparable and really identical."