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Searching for answers in twin brothers' deaths

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The home at 506 Acorn Court blends in with the neighborhood. Besides the brush growing around the mailbox it could be easy to miss a clue that something was wrong.

A source tells Channel 3 a neighbor kept up with the lawn care but the mystery surrounding the twin brothers' deaths raises more questions. Channel 3 began digging for answers.

Documents obtained from the Hamilton County Register of Deeds shows brothers Andrew Gary Johnson and Anthony Larry Johnson owned the home as of May 4, 1984.

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Records also show the last time a payment was made on property tax was in 2009. That was until Monday, two days after the bodies were discovered, when someone made a payment to keep the home from being sold in a back tax sale.

On Tuesday, a U.S. mail carrier passed the home without stopping. Channel 3 wanted to know when the mail stopped coming. According to officials with the United States Postal Service, mail carriers are required to take the mail back to the delivery unit if the mailbox becomes full, if 15 days later, no one claims it the mail goes back to the sender.

Then there's the question of welfare checks. According to neighbors the twins' sister requested one back in 2011. The Chattanooga Police Department says officers did respond with family members in 2011. The house appeared to be vacant and officers found a letter from the post office stating they also believed the home was vacant.

Police went on to say during their check in 2011 with family, there were no foul odors, no signs of foul play and no reason to force their way into the home.

Family members told officers Andrew and Anthony Johnson did not communicate with family or anyone else and they would not have been surprised if the brothers moved without telling anyone.

Police continue to wait for the results of the toxicology report to determine the cause of death.

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