Police announced they have found Dennis Day's body nearly a year after he went missing. In April of this year, a body was discovered on Day's property, but it was badly decomposed and authorities could not identify that it was him until now. Day was an original member of Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club and starred on the show from 1955 to 1957. The 76-year old actor has done a number of things since being a Mouseketeer, but mainly worked with local theaters in Oregon where he coached actors.
Long-time partner of Dennis Day, Henry Ernest Caswell is the one who originally discovered he was missing in July 2018. Caswell, who is suffering from dementia, is in a care facility and noticed it had been a few weeks since he had heard from or seen Day, which caused him concern. According to reports, Day told his third housemate that he was going to visit friends and left on foot. The third housemate believes that the actor was showing signs of mental illness when he left the property. A neighbor of Day's has a letter from the actor in which he accuses the housemate of assaulting him.
Police were called to Dennis Day's residence where they conducted a search on July 15th, 2018. However, they did not find anything, which makes the discovery of the body in April of this year more than a little suspicious. Police are not making any announcements at this time in terms of whether or not they suspect foul play. With that being said, the body was so decomposed it will be hard to conduct an investigation, especially since it took over two months to identify the body. The rest of Day's family were not even aware that he was missing until six months after the authorities had been notified.
Dennis Day's car was found 200 miles from his residence with two people inside, who claim they were given permission to use it. Friends and family started actively searching for Day in November 2018 and he was featured on an episode of Dateline NBC. Police are continuing the investigation, which will more than likely end up with some questioning about the first initial search of Day's residence and further questioning of the third housemate. The family had this to say in a statement.
"The cause of death is under investigation by the Oregon State Police so we will not be making any comments or answering any questions at this time. We are truly thankful to all of you for your love and support. 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."
Dennis Day's family and friends finally have some closure, though there is still a pretty interesting mystery unraveling at the moment. At the very least, the family can have a proper service for Day. Rest In Peace, Dennis Day. This is a developing story and more news is expected to drop soon. TMZ was the first to report the Dennis Day news.