Former Bay Area Twin Entertainers Found Dead In South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS SF) – El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies are tying to locate the next of kin of twin sisters who used to be Bay Area entertainers who were found dead at their South Lake Tahoe home last week.

Sheriff’s deputies have released the twins’ names to the public to help locate relatives.

The deaths of Patricia and Joan Miller, 74, are still under investigation, however foul play has been ruled out, according to the sheriff’s office.

Detectives have collected information from the sisters’ long-time friends and acquaintances and have learned that the twins were Bay Area entertainers during the 1950s who regularly appeared on a weekly television show called, “The Hoffman Hayride” and entertained troops at several military bases.

Originally from Portland, Ore., the sisters never married and were dependent on one another throughout their lives, detectives said.

Anyone with information regarding Patricia and Joan Miller has been asked to contact Detective Matt Harwood at (530) 573-3015.


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  • Guapi

    How sad that no one knew them now. Than they just seemed to fade away. I hope the were happy. And I hope they are even happier now.

    • Michael

      Amen! They were beautiful women.

  • mark jeffries

    A very sad story. They may have been older than 74, unless they were child stars in 1950.

  • Zona

    Did the sherfiif’s office try to get Joan Miller’s job application from the Lake Tahoe Unified School District or Patricia Miller’s application from the El Dorado County’s Social Services Office.

    A copy of the original application for Social Security would provide the names of their parents, if they ever did apply for Social Security.

    I used and found Patricia’s middle initial; it is T, as well as her birth date.

    Also, I saw Patricia’s yearbook picture on ancestry.. She was about 14 years of age.
    I was disappointed that Joan’s picture was not there and could find nothing on Joan; perhaps she may have gone by her middle name.

    A State census 1945 would probably exist of the family (if we only knew what State) listing the family. The twins were not yet born so not listed on the 1940 Census, which recently was released.

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