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Warrants served in thefts from dead Mouseketeer

Two Southern Oregon women face felony charges in the theft of a car and a piece of jewelry that belonged to a former child actor found dead in his Phoenix home earlier this year.

Wanda Diane Garcia, 57, of south Medford, and Lori Ann Declusin, 34, of White City, each face a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle accusing them of taking a white 1990s model Ford Escort station wagon that belonged to Dennis Day.

Day, a founding member of the Mickey Mouse Club for two seasons in the 1950s, was found dead at his home on Pine Street last April following a months-long missing persons investigation.

Garcia, of the 4000 block of South Pacific Highway, faces an additional first-degree theft charge accusing her of stealing and selling a brooch July 19 of last year that belonged to Day — less than a week after he was last seen alive, according to a document filed by the Jackson County District Attorney’s office and flyers distributed by family during the missing-persons investigation.

Court records show a dozen aliases for Garcia, including “Denise Adam,” “Wanda Avila,” “Wanda Diane Davalos,” “Chareva Louise Garcia,” “Chareva Louise Murdock,” “Denise Anne Racey” and “Chareva Louise Reyes.”

Declusin was named as one of two individuals with the car in Coos County July 26, when police impounded the car on Highway 42 near milepost 30, according to information the family shared with the Mail Tribune in March during the missing-persons investigation.

Day was entered as a missing person the next day.

According to the indictment filed in the women’s case, the grand jury met on the charges June 20.

Oregon State Police arrested Declusin Wednesday on the single count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Phoenix police arrested Garcia Thursday.

Declusin made her initial appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court Thursday, and Jackson County Jail records show she has since been released.

Garcia was scheduled make her first appearance on charges of first-degree theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle Friday afternoon. Garcia remained held Friday in the Jackson County Jail on $15,000 bail.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Authorities confirmed a person found dead April 4 was Dennis Day.{ } Photos submitted by Rosanne Reynolds
Wanda Diane Garcia