A body found in the home of Dennis Day, one of the original Disney Mouseketeers who disappeared close to a year ago, was confirmed as the missing man, Oregon state police said.
The cause of death had yet to be determined, according to a press release. The state medical examiner’s office identified Day without dental records or DNA testing because of the condition of his remains.
Day’s niece, Janel Showers, confirmed the news on a Facebook page the family set up after his disappearance.
“Our family would like to take this time to share with you that the remains found in Dennis and (husband) 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 so we will not be making any comments or answering any questions at this time,” the post said.
“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!”
The body was discovered April 5, but police did not elaborate on how it had been missed during previous searches.
Day is survived by his husband, Ernest Caswell, who suffers from dementia. The discovery of Day’s disappearance was partly delayed by Caswell’s medical problems.
State police recovered Day’s car about 200 miles from his home in the possession of two strangers who said he let them borrow the vehicle. After a search, no signs of foul play were found.