Smartphones make it possible to contact friends and family at any time from almost anywhere.
Despite the social media magic of Facebook and Twitter, there seems to be a trend of people dying in their homes and being forgotten — sometimes for years.
Just up I-75 in Chattanooga, the badly decomposed bodies of 63-year-old identical twins Anthony and Andrew Johnson were found sitting in recliners in their home, reports the local NBC News station.
Investigators said the men likely died three years ago. The most recent receipt found in the home was for Coca-Cola purchased in early 2011.
An autopsy revealed no signs of foul play. Toxicology reports are pending.
Neighbors believed the home was vacant and helped maintain the yard, says the Chattanooga Times Fress Press. The postal service quit delivering mail because they thought the home was empty.
A family member tried to visit the home in 2011, but the door was locked and police would not help her enter without a key without seeing something “suspicious.”
Another family member with a key asked police to visit the home March 29 and the bodies were discovered.
Family members, who have declined comment, described the men as “hermits.”
The Johnsons lived in the neighborhood since buying the house in 1984, but quit paying property taxes in 2011.
A 73-year-old neighbor said she remembers seeing the men doing yard work every fall.
“Even when they were raking leaves, they would be side by side,” she said. “Like they were helping each other, like they needed each other.”
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