Miller twins died of natural causes |

Miller twins died of natural causes

Tribune staff report

This undated copy of a photo provided by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office shows twin sisters Patricia and Joan Miller. It us unknown which sister is which. Authorities are asking for help finding the next of kin for the two 73-year-old twin sisters found dead together in their South Lake Tahoe, Calif., home. El Dorado County Sheriff's officials say they've ruled out foul play in the deaths the women, who appear to have died within a short time frame and were found Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/El Dorado County Sheriffs)

Patricia and Joan Miller, the twin sisters who were found dead in their South Lake Tahoe home in February, died of natural causes, police said Thursday.

The Millers were once entertainers who made several television appearances. They lived in South Lake Tahoe for nearly 40 years, but often shunned their neighbors. Police found one sister in a bedroom and the other in a hallway during a routine welfare check on Feb. 26. They were 73.

Detectives reached out to the press and public to try to locate their next of kin and found cousins who said they hadn’t heard from the twins in years.

After reviewing pathology reports and evidence from the Miller residence, investigators concluded that the sisters died of natural causes, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. A pathology report concluded Patricia Miller died of coronary artery disease and Joan Miller, who relied heavily on her sister for care, died of probable environmental hypothermia, police said.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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