One of the original Mouseketeers, Dennis Day, has been confirmed as the body found at his home in Oregon.
The former child star was reported as a missing person in July 2018.
In a statement released to Variety from the Oregon State Police, they reveal they first found the body on April 4 but could not use dental or DNA identification to identify the body due to the conditions of the remains. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the body was of Day, 76.
Day’s body was found on the rural property he shared with husband Ernie Caswell. Caswell reported Day missing while he was hospitalized from a fall after Day stopped visiting him in hospital.
On July 26, 2018, two people unknown to his family were found driving Day’s car. They told the police he had given them permission. After impounding the car, they could not find any evidence of foul play.
Day’s family took to Facebook to break the news where they said they would “not be making any comments or answering questions at this time.”
“Our family would like to take this time to share with you that the remains found in Dennis and Ernie’s home have been officially identified as our beloved Brother and Uncle, Dennis Day. The cause of death is under investigation by the Oregon State Police.” Adding, “We are truly thankful to all of you for your love and support. Please keep Ernie in your prayers during this extremely difficult time. Our family is truly thankful to the Oregon State Police for helping to bring closure to our family so that we can finally lay Dennis to rest. We love you Brother & Uncle Dennis!”