By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Apr 3, 2014
The bodies of identical twin brothers were discovered in their Chattanooga, Tenn., home last weekend, both sitting in their reclining chairs. The brothers are believed to have died in 2011.
An investigation into their cause and date of death is now underway.
“Neighbors told WRCB that they hadn't seen Anthony and Andrew Johnson, 63, in about two years,” reports the Huffington Post. “They told the station that they assumed the twins stayed indoors because of their health, and never suspected anything was wrong since their home's yard was kept and mail was not overflowing from their mailbox.”
Neighbors said the men had often stayed indoors because they were diabetics. One neighbor, who said she hadn’t seen them in over a year and a half, said she thought they may have moved into a nursing home.
“In August 2011, a relative reportedly came to check on the brothers but couldn't get in without a key,” according to the Huffington Post. “Police wouldn't force their way inside. Over the weekend, a relative was able to gain entry, and made the grisly discovery.”
Police estimate the twins may have died three years ago, based on the state of their decomposing bodies and receipts found in the home.
Chattanooga police say there is no evidence of foul play.