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Twins found dead at Royal Gorge were tormented by OCD

Twins sisters double suicide

CAÑON CITY, Colo. - We're learning more about twin sisters found dead inside a vehicle near the Royal Gorge Bridge Friday. Authorities believe Sara and Amanda Eldritch are victims of a double suicide.

They previously received national attention over their battle with obsessive compulsive disorder.

The twins had been coping with the disorder since they were young girls. Sara and Amanda gained fame after becoming the first people in Colorado to receive a pioneering surgery to treat their debilitating symptoms.

Sara and Amanda eldritch were 33-year-old twin sisters from Broomfield.

They suffered from severe  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, even appearing on shows such as "The Doctors."

"I’ve lived in Colorado my whole life. I actually remember having OCD my whole life," Sara said in an interview from 2016.

"Those things are also true about me," Amanda said.

 The sisters were the first in Colorado to go through Deep Brain Stimulation, a surgery typically applied to patients with Parkinson’s disease.

"They put steel wires with electrodes down your brain and then bring the wires down. They cut open your chest and then slide battery packs under your pectorals muscles, and hook the wires to the battery packs," Sara said.

Dr. David  Vansickle, the surgeon who performed the procedure, says he's shocked about the sudden death of his patients.

"I really struggle to believe it, you know? I think anything like this you can't get your mind around it.
I don't know if i fully have though. I'm still trying to understand, you know what the situation is. I kind of what to know what happened," Vansickle said.

Amanda and Sara said battling with OCD meant living with compulsions such as taking 10-hour showers.

"We could each use an entire bar of soap, we just let it go over and over, and over and when its like raw that's probably good because you got the top layer of skin off so you got off everything that was on off," Amanda said.

Also, each used five bottles of rubbing alcohol to clean everything they touched.

The twins' mother, Kathy, said her daughters often felt tormented and imprisoned by their disorder.

"They would tell me there is no reason to live, if this is as good as it gets, if this is what much of lives are going to look like then there's no need to live," Kathy said.

"By the end of our late 20s we just kind of gave up on life entirely," the sisters explained.

One reason the twins' surgeon is having such a hard time with this: they'd shown signs of improvement after the surgery. As for the Fremont Sheriff's Office they say the autopsy is not complete, however they're not calling this a homicide investigation.


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