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Missing Mouseketeer Found Dead in Home

Police confirm body is that of Dennis Day
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 7, 2019 2:25 AM CDT
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In this Aug 20, 1957, file photo, Walt Disney's Mouseketeers enter a large trailer that serves as their school on the Disney lot in Hollywood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ernest K. Bennett, File)
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(Newser) – Police have confirmed that a body found in April at an Oregon home is that of missing man Dennis Day, who was an original member of Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club. The Oregon State Medical Examiner's office identified the body, although they were unable to use dental records or DNA because of the condition of the remains, Oregon State Police said Thursday. Police are still investigating Day's death. He was reported missing in July by his husband, Ernie Caswell, who suffers from memory loss and was in the hospital when he made the report. Day's car was found at the Oregon coast on July 26. A missing person report said Day had "uncharacteristically" left his dog with a friend on the day he disappeared, the AP reports.

In February, members of Day's family spoke with television news show Dateline, saying the investigation into Day's disappearance had been poorly handled. Day's body was found in his Phoenix, Oregon, home in early April. It's not clear where in the home the remains were found, or if they had been there since he was first reported missing, People reports. Friends and relatives had set up the Help Us Find Dennis Day Facebook page. In a Thursday post, Day's niece Janel Showers thanked the Facebook group for their "love and support" as well as Oregon police investigators for their efforts. Day was born in 1942. After moving to California, he began performing at age 6. When he was 10, he was among the first group of children hired for the Disney show.

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