Man Arrested in Death of Original Mouseketeer Dennis Day

Authorities in Oregon have arrested a man in the death of an original member of Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club.”

According to the Associated Press, Daniel James Burda, 36, was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse, criminal mistreatment and identity theft in the death of Dennis Day, Oregon State Police said.

Oregon State Police Captain Timothy R. Fox said Burda did jobs around the house for Day and his husband. Police declined to provide more details about Burda’s connection to Day, though neighbors say Burda had lived with the elderly couple at their home in southern Oregon.

Day, 76, was a founding member of the Mickey Mouse Club for two seasons in the 1950s.

He was first reported missing July 15, 2018 by his husband, Ernie Caswell, who has memory loss.

Day’s car was later found at the Oregon coast and a missing person report said Day had uncharacteristically left his dog with a friend on the day he disappeared.

In April, police discovered a body at the couple’s Phoenix, Oregon home. Authorities identified the body as that of Day last month, though they were unable to use dental records or DNA due to the condition of the remains.

Also in June, two women were charged with stealing Day’s car and jewelry. Prosecutors said a 1990s Ford Escort station wagon that belonged to Day was taken without authorization and a brooch was sold last July, less than a week after he was last seen alive.

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