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Human remains found at missing Mouseketeer's home

Multiple law enforcement agencies descended this week on the Phoenix home of a former Mouseketeer missing since July, where police say they found human remains.

A body was found Thursday at 510 Pine St., according to a release issued Friday evening by Oregon State Police. The home belongs to 76-year-old Dennis W. Day,a longtime Southern Oregon resident missing since July who is known for his childhood acting gig as a “Mouseketeer” in the 1956-57 seasons of Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” TV show.

The remains have not yet been identified, according to OSP. Police say the Medford Assault and Death Investigation Unit — consisting of the Jackson County District Attorney's office, Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Medford police and OSP — is investigating the case.

Several police vehicles, including a box truck marked Oregon State Police Forensics, were at the home Friday.

The police presence followed a Thursday afternoon search, according to a post by a niece on the “Help Us Find Dennis Day!” Facebook page.

“2 dogs and a drone search for my Uncle Dennis will be starting today at 2 p.m.,” Denise Norris posted Thursday in the group. “We are asking for LOTS of prayers that he will be found. We need this nightmare to end!”

Day’s disappearance went largely unnoticed for months — even by his loved ones who are now active in the investigation.

Day’s sister Nelda Adkins and his nieces have been involved since December, raising money for a private investigator on the belief that foul play led to Day’s disappearance. The family provided voluminous reports to the Mail Tribune based on their interviews with Day’s friends and neighbors.

Messages to Phoenix police Lt. Jeffrey Price were not immediately returned Friday.

In a Foxnews.com report last month, Price was quoted as saying that police were hampered with limited information about Day’s disappearance because of factors that included Day’s “reclusive” tendencies and his ailing husband’s memory problems, which made it difficult for police to get a physical description of Day.

Family learned of Day’s disappearance in December, after an extended family member in Roseburg spotted a KOBI-TV news report, according to earlier news stories.

It took friends halfway across the world to spark the media coverage that alerted family to Day’s disappearance.

Sylvia McRae, who lives in Australia, and Rosanne Reynolds of Oakland, California, mobilized through Facebook to create the “Help us find Dennis Day!” Facebook group, which had grown to 549 members as of Friday, and sent out a press release that led the Mail Tribune to pick up the story Dec. 9. Day’s disappearance became national news in late February after Day’s family was interviewed for a story on Dateline NBC’s website.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

An Oregon State Police forensics truck{ } outside the Phoenix home Friday of missing Mouseketeer Dennis W. Day.{ } Mail Tribune / Nick Morgan
Once a Mouseketeer, Dennis Day of Phoenix has been missing since July 2018. Photos submitted by Rosanne Reynolds