Authorities have confirmed that a body found in April is that of one of the original Mouseketeers on the Disney TV show “The Mickey Mouse Club.”
The AP reports that the body of Dennis Day, who had been reported missing in July 2018, was found in his Phoenix, Ore., home. He was 76, according to media reports.
Day was reportedly one of the first children hired when “The Mickey Mouse Club” began creating the original cast of Mouseketeers in 1956.
“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,” the AP reports. “Police are still investigating Day’s death.”
The report notes that Day was reported missing almost a year ago “by his husband, Ernie Caswell, who suffers from memory loss and was in the hospital when he made the report.
“Day’s car on July 26 was found at the Oregon coast. A missing person report said Day had ‘uncharacteristically’ left his dog with a friend on the day he disappeared.”
Below is a tribute to Day from the “Help Us Find Dennis Day” Facebook page.