Body found in home confirmed to be Mouseketeer, police say

Body found in home confirmed to be Mouseketeer, police say

A body found at the OR home of an original member of Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club" has been confirmed to be former Mouseketeer Dennis Day, state police and relatives said.

Day, 76, went missing almost a year ago and remains were recovered in April from the home that he shared with his husband Ernie Caswell, who suffers from age-related memory loss, police told People. "We are truly thankful to all of you for your love and support". No cause of death was given for Day and the investigation is still ongoing.

It's not immediately clear why the remains weren't found in the home until April.Police haven't said where the body was located in the house. "Please keep Ernie in your prayers during this extremely hard time", the statement read.

"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", Day's family said in a statement on Facebook. Day appeared in the first two seasons of the Mickey Mouse Club in 1956 and 1957. He was last seen in his driveway, saying he was going to visit friends. He became alarmed when Day stopped checking in on him at the hospital. Day's vehicle was later found near the OR coast, 200 miles away from his home in the southern OR city of Phoenix, in possession of a two people who were "unfamiliar" with the couple, according to Fox News.

The husband, according to a missing person's poster on a Facebook site set up to find Day, had asked someone to call police so he could report Dennis missing because he hadn't visited the hospital in several weeks.

Lieutenant Jeff Price of the Phoenix Police Department told Fox News that Day "didn't leave the house" and was described as reclusive.

"He's not the type of person who would just disappear".

"We had no idea anything was happening and six months into it, we figured it out", Day's niece Denise told "Dateline NBC". "We just know someone knows something". "We love him. We're just kind of lost with what to do, or how to find him", she said.

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