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Timeline released in Mouseketeer death investigation

Oregon State Police released an official “timeline of significant events” Friday in the death investigation surrounding Dennis W. Day of Phoenix, a founding Mickey Mouse Club member whose body was found April 4.

The cause and manner of Day’s death has not been determined. OSP Capt. Tim Fox confirmed that the investigation is ongoing.

The following list was edited for clarity, but otherwise appears in its entirety.

July 13, 2018: Phoenix police and Jackson County Fire District No. 5 respond to a medical call after Day’s husband, Henry “Ernie” Caswell, reportedly fell several times. Caswell was taken to a nearby hospital and later moved to the Southern Oregon care facility where he still resides.

July 17, 2018: Phoenix police were told by a boarder living in Day’s house that Day has left to visit friends, and that he’d be back in several days. Phoenix police performed several welfare checks at the residence over the next several weeks.

July 26, 2018: OSP found Day’s car in Coos County while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Highway 42 near milepost 30. Police found an unnamed man and woman driving the car, impounded it, and cited the woman for driving while suspended.

July 27, 2018: Phoenix police reported Day as missing in the Law Enforcement Data System and National Crime Information Center databases. They conducted another search of the house, but failed to locate anyone.

Aug. 8, 2018: Phoenix police received a report of a “bad smell” coming from Day’s home in the 500 block of Pine Street. Officers noted “nothing observed or smelled in the area.”

Jan. 28, 2019: Phoenix police, Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies and OSP troopers met to discuss the case. The sheriff’s office and OSP each provided a detective to assist in the case.

April 4, 2019: Phoenix police obtained the use of cadaver dog and located a body in the house. The human remains activated the Jackson County Major Assault Death Investigation Unit, and OSP took over as the lead agency in the investigation.

June 6, 2019: The Oregon State Medical Examiner identified the body found in the residence as Dennis Day under “strong circumstantial evidence.”

Once a Mouseketeer, authorities confirmed a body found April 4 as that of Dennis Day Thursday.{ } He had been missing since July 2018. Photos submitted by Rosanne Reynolds.
An Oregon State Police Forensics truck spotted open outside the Phoenix home of missing Mouseketeer Dennis W. Day on April 5, 2019.{ } Mail Tribune file photo by Nick Morgan