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(WBIR) What caused twins to die in their recliners inside their house is still a mystery, according to Chattanooga police.

An autopsy confirmed skeletal remains found in a Chattanooga home belonged to the identical twins, but it's still unclear how they died.

On Saturday officers discovered the mummified bodies of Andrew and Anthony Johnson, 63, in their living room, sitting in recliners. No one had seen the brothers since early 2011. The bodies' conditions, a receipt, and a mostly unused 12-pack of Coke indicated the twins passed away that year, according to Chattanooga police.

Investigators are waiting on toxicology results to reveal how the brothers died, but say there were no signs of foul play. Both men were severely diabetic and lived a "hermit lifestyle," according to authorities.

Family members told WRCB police refused several times to go into the home on Acorn Court. Chattanooga police defended their actions Tuesday, saying they followed departmental policy.

Authorities decided not to go into the house because they didn't have a key and believed the property was vacant.

Officers said when they first went to the home on Acorn Court in 2011, the house looked vacant because the mailbox contained a letter from the Post Office stating that it had stopped mail delivery. Over the years no one had ever complained of an odor coming from the house or any suspicious activity, said police.

At the time even family members told officials it wouldn't surprise them if their brothers had moved without telling anyone, according to Chattanooga police.

Two and a half years later, the family contacted police again to check on the twins. On Saturday police used a key from a family member to get into the house, where they discovered the bodies.

Neighbors told WRCB they were shocked to learn that the twins' bodies went unnoticed for years. Even though the brothers kept to themselves and didn't communicate with their family, there was no signs they had mental complications. Both men had valid driver licenses, insurance, and vehicles. At one time, they owned their own business.

Hamilton County property tax records, however, showed unpaid taxes for the Acorn Court address for 2010-2013.Contributing: WRCB-TV, Chattanooga

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Identical twins' mummified remains were found sitting in recliners in a living room this weekend in Chattanooga, according to WRCB-TV.

Chattanooga police told WRCB they believe Andrew and Anthony Johnson, 63, died in early 2011 based on the bodies' conditions, a receipt, and a mostly unused 12-pack of Coke sitting on the kitchen counter.

WRCB reported the twins' sister tried to check on her brothers in August and September 2011, but police wouldn't go into the house. Two and a half years later, the sister's husband asked police to check on his brother-in-laws again, but police refused. The brother-in-law found a copy of the house key, and went to the twins' home on Acorn Court where he found the remains on Saturday.

Both men were severely diabetic, and officials said there were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play.

Someone has been mowing the lawn, and the mailbox has not been overflowing, according to WRCB.

Neighbors told WRCB that everything looked normal because the grass was cut and the mailbox wasn't overflowing. They also said they thought the twins stayed inside because of their health issues.

But Hamilton County property tax records showed unpaid taxes for the Acorn Court address for 2010-2013.

Contributing: WRCB-TV, Chattanooga

An autopsy has confirmed that the skeletal remains found in a Chattanooga home belonged to identical twins.

identities of identical twins that were found dead in a Chattanooga home, as police defend their actions against the family, who claim officers refused to check on the brothers.

The mummified bodies of Andrew Gary Johnson and Anthony Larry Johnson were found in the living room of their home on Acorn Street this weekend. They hadn't been seen since early 2011, which is when officials believe they died.

There were no signs of foul play in their deaths. Investigators are waiting on toxicology results to determine how they died.

Family members told local media that police refused to go into the home and check on the brothers several times.

On Tuesday, Chattanooga Police said they followed departmental policy in all their actions related to this case. They said when they first went to the home in 2011, the home appeared to be vacant. There was a letter in the mailbox from the Post Office that said the home was believed to be vacant and to cease mail delivery. The officers found no sign of forced entry or suspicious activity. They said family members told them at the time they wouldn't be surprised if the brothers had moved without telling anyone. The release said "there were no obvious exigent circumstances that would allow officers to force entry to the residence on any of the calls received to check the well being of the brothers. Since the residence was determined to be vacant and no key was available on the previous calls, officers did not make entry."

Officials said the brothers apparently lived a "hermit lifestyle" and did not communicate with their family or anyone else. However, there was no indication of mental complications. Both men had valid driver's licenses, insurance, vehicles, and at one time owned their own business.

Police said they never received any complaints of an odor coming from the home or any suspicious activity.

On Saturday when officers responded to check on the brother's welfare, a family member had a key, which they used to enter the home and discovered the bodies.

An autopsy has confirmed that the skeletal remains found in a Chattanooga home belonged to identical twins.

identities of identical twins that were found dead in a Chattanooga home, as police defend their actions against the family, who claim officers refused to check on the brothers.

The mummified bodies of Andrew Gary Johnson and Anthony Larry Johnson were found in the living room of their home on Acorn Street this weekend. They hadn't been seen since early 2011, which is when officials believe they died.

There were no signs of foul play in their deaths. Investigators are waiting on toxicology results to determine how they died.

Family members told local media that police refused to go into the home and check on the brothers several times.

On Tuesday, Chattanooga Police said they followed departmental policy in all their actions related to this case. They said when they first went to the home in 2011, the home appeared to be vacant. There was a letter in the mailbox from the Post Office that said the home was believed to be vacant and to cease mail delivery. The officers found no sign of forced entry or suspicious activity. They said family members told them at the time they wouldn't be surprised if the brothers had moved without telling anyone. The release said "there were no obvious exigent circumstances that would allow officers to force entry to the residence on any of the calls received to check the well being of the brothers. Since the residence was determined to be vacant and no key was available on the previous calls, officers did not make entry."

Officials said the brothers apparently lived a "hermit lifestyle" and did not communicate with their family or anyone else. However, there was no indication of mental complications. Both men had valid driver's licenses, insurance, vehicles, and at one time owned their own business.

Police said they never received any complaints of an odor coming from the home or any suspicious activity.

On Saturday when officers responded to check on the brother's welfare, a family member had a key, which they used to enter the home and discovered the bodies.

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