As young girls, Patricia and Joan Mills danced for Bing Crosby, troops and their friends. The twin sisters were found dead in their California home at the age of 73. One was downstairs in a bedroom while the other was in the hallway just outside.
Detective Matt Harwood said that it was as if the 2 sisters were each other’s companion could not live without each other. According to Harwood his perception is that one of the twins died and the other could not handle it. However, Harwood says that the twins death appears to be natural though they are still trying to piece it all together.
Harwood has been so far unable to identify any close family or friends to notify of the twins death. For this reason police would wait until relatives are informed of the death but the lives the Mill twins lived made that impossible according to Harwood. As the twins grew older, their social interest disintegrated.
The sisters made excuses to get off the phone with people when they called. The sisters also stopped sending birthday cards to a childhood friend without any explanations. When the twins did leave their home on a rare occasion, they did not socialize with their neighbors.
Police and neighbors are struggling to understand why two women with show business experience would shut themselves in the same home for nearly 40 years then die within hours of each other. There was no blood or signs of struggle when their bodies were found during a routine check on them. The twins did not marry or have any children.
Harwood said that the twins listed each other as next of kin.