Police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, made a gruesome discovery over the weekend, finding the skeletal remains of identical twin brothers sitting on recliners inside their home.
Investigators are still waiting on toxicology results to determine the cause of death for the 63-year-old men, according to a press release from the Chattanooga Police Department, which was obtained by HLN affiliate WDEF. There were no signs of foul play, and police say there is no evidence to suggest the brothers' deaths were homicides.
Officers went to the home with family members back in 2011, according to the statement, and thought at the time that the residence was vacant. During that visit, they discovered a letter from the post office inside the mailbox, which stated that delivery of mail to the address had ceased. Officers also didn't find any foul odors, signs of forced entry or other suspicious activity that would warrant them forcing their way inside the home.
"At that time, family members indicated that they would not have been surprised if the brothers had moved without telling anyone," said the press release.
Officers returned to the property on Saturday with concerned family members who had keys to the home. That's when officers found the two men who have been identified as Andrew Gary Johnson and Anthony Larry Johnson, according to the police statement.
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"While this incident is tragic and unfortunate, Andrew and Anthony lived a hermit lifestyle and did not communicate with family or anyone else," said the police statement. "The brothers also gave no indication that would lead anyone to believe they had any type of mental complications ... they both had a valid driver’s license, insurance, owned vehicles and there were even records of them owning their own business."
Neighbors who spoke with local TV station WRCB said they never suspected anything because the home's grass remained cut and the mailbox never overflowed. Investigators believe the twins died in 2011 based on the conditions of the bodies, according to WRCB. The station also reports that police found a dated receipt next to unopened cans of soda.