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OR DENNIS DAY: Missing from Phoenix, OR - 15 July 2018 - Age 76 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Located/Resolved' started by Kimster, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Remains sent to Portland lab as Dennis Day investigation continues

    Over 8 months ago, former Disney Mouseketeer and Phoenix man, Dennis Day, disappeared without a trace.

    Police say a body they discovered on the property last month had been on the property for quite some time.

    They’re still not releasing any details about where the body was found.

    At this time, Oregon State Police says they’re working with a forensic lab in the Portland area to extract DNA from the bones of the body.

    “If we do believe it is Dennis Day, then we have some DNA from the family we’ll be able to match up.”

    Police say getting the DNA results could take months.

    But for now, they say they’re treating the case as “suspicious” and as a possible homicide.

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    It's just thinking about this case this morning!
  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member


    On Thursday, a family member of 76-year-old Dennis Day posted on Facebook that those remains did indeed belong to Day, the "missing Mouseketeer." Oregon State Police later confirmed the information.

    "Our family would like to take this time to share with you that the remains found in Dennis and Ernie’s home have been officially identified as our beloved Brother and Uncle, Dennis Day," Day's niece Janel Woolsey Showers said in a Facebook post to the group 'Help Us Find Dennis Day!'

    Within moments of Woolsey Showers' post, dozens of comments bearing heartfelt condolences and memories of Day came flowing in.

    NewsWatch 12 spoke with Day's niece on Thursday, but she said that she would not comment on the investigation.

    In a statement issued on Thursday afternoon, OSP confirmed that the state Medical Examiner's office had identified the body through "investigation, evidence, and other information."

    "Despite their efforts, investigators were unable to utilize dental records or DNA due to the condition of the remains," the agency said.

    The manner and cause of Day's death remain under investigation.

    "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. We love you Brother & Uncle Dennis," Woolsey Showers said.

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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I wonder why the dentals weren't usable? That sounds really odd.
  5. KareBear

    KareBear Well-Known Member

    I agree. I am curious as well. Maybe he had lost several teeth since his last set of x-rays:thinking:?
  6. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    I just saw all of this today :eek: :tears:


    The human remains found at Day's Phoenix, Oregon, home were identified by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's office, although they were unable to use dental records or DNA because of the condition of the remains, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police.


    A body was then found in April at Day’s home in Phoenix, Oregon, and state police confirmed Thursday that a medical examiner’s office has identified the remains as the missing man, who “uncharacteristically” left his dog with a friend prior to his disappearance, according to missing persons reports.

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  7. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    Got dentures but didn't have them in??? Just a possible guess.
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  8. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    That is my guess, too. :highfive:
  9. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    Hmmm .... I don't think that "thud" was meant to go with this post. sorry, peeps
  10. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    Makes me wonder where the body was found that they did not find it the first time they searched ....
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  11. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    2 accused of theft from Mouseketeer found dead

    The Mail Tribune reports Wanda Garcia of and Lori Declusin each face a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle accusing them of taking a 1990s Ford Escort station wagon that belonged to Dennis Day.


    Both women have been arrested. It wasn’t known if they have lawyers.
  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Well that headline was poorly written. I thought the two women were found dead.
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  13. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Arrest Made In The Death Of Original ‘Mouseketeer’ Dennis Day

    Daniel James Burda, 36, was arrested Friday and has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse, criminal mistreatment and identity theft, according to Oregon State Police.


    He was described in various media reports as “a handyman” and “a guy with a long rap sheet.”
  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Have they said where Dennis's body was found? Now I don't think it's quite as weird that they didn't find him when they first went in. Speculating he was well hidden.
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  15. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    Not specifically where, just "inside his home"

    The body was found April 5 but at the time police did not say where or how long it had been there, nor how it might have been missed during previous searches.

    A man with a long rap sheet has been arrested in the death of a Dennis Day, an original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer, according to a report.

    Oregon State Police announced on Friday that Daniel Burda, 36, was charged in the death. He was jailed last week for violating the conditions of his probation in a 2018 robbery case.

    Burda was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, abuse of a corpse, criminal mistreatment and identity theft, state police said.

    He worked for Day and his husband Ernie Caswell, 88, as a handyman, the Oregonianreported.

    Burda has a criminal record that includes convictions for sodomy, robbery and assault going back a decade, according to the paper.

    He was accused in January 2018 of strangling a girlfriend he told police was “possessed by spirits,” the paper reported.

    Casewell told police Day didn’t like having Burda in their home, the Oregonian reported.
  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Well, with the abuse of a corpse charge...
    Unfortunately he may have been in more than one location.


    A person commits the crime of abuse of corpse in the first degree if the person:

    (a) Engages in sexual activity with a corpse or involving a corpse; or

    (b) Dismembers, mutilates, cuts or strikes a corpse.
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  17. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  18. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    :oops: Nope, it sure wasn't!
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  19. Whatsnext

    Whatsnext Well-Known Member



    The man accused of 'Missing Mouseketeer' Dennis Day's death was arraigned on Monday.

    Posted: Jul 8, 2019 3:43 PM

    Updated: Jul 8, 2019 5:53 PM

    Posted By: Jamie Parfitt

    MEDFORD, Ore. — The man accused of causing original Mouseketeer and Phoenix resident Dennis Day's death appeared in court today, marking his arraignment in the tangled case.

    Officers from the Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested 36-year-old Daniel James Burda on Friday. According to family friend Sylvia McRae, Burda acted as a handyman for Day and his husband Ernie Caswell, doing work around the house for the two elderly men in exchange for housing.

    Burda is a registered sex offender and has an extensive criminal record going back more than a decade that includes convictions for possession of meth, assault, and robbery.

    On Monday, Burda was arraigned on twelve charges — Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree, Abuse of a Corpse in the Second Degree, six counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and Theft in the Second Degree.

    While more descriptive court documents pertaining to the investigation remain sealed, the charges allege that "on or about July 15" of last year, Burda caused Day's death through "neglect or maltreatment," then attempted to dispose of the body in some way.

    A few days later, between July 20 and 22, the prosecution alleges Burda used Day's credit or debit cards and cash for a number of purchases.

    Attending the court hearing remotely via video from the Jackson County Jail, Burda maintained that the litany of charges were "messed up," saying that the prosecution didn't have the evidence to prove it.

    The judge frequently had to remind Burda that an arraignment hearing is only for setting bail conditions and appointing an attorney — not for arguing the evidence of the case. At times Burda seemed confused.

    Burda's bail has been set at $150,000. The prosecutor claimed that Burda had told officers that, should he be released from jail, he would flee to Canada. Burda denied the statement, saying that he had a son in the Rogue Valley and he wasn't going to leave.

    About a week prior to Burda's arrest, police arrested and charged two women with stealing the car that belonged to Day and Caswell. Between those charges and Burda's, the case that began as a missing person investigation nearly one year ago has at last seen rapid developments.

    In April of 2019, detectives discovered human remains at the Day-Caswell home. Months later, at the beginning of June,investigators concluded that those remains belonged to Day.

    Nice guy. :( wonder if we ever find out what really happened to Dennis.
  20. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Mouseketeer death: Handyman stashed Dennis Day’s body under pile of clothes, court records say

    The live-in handyman charged with killing Dennis Day, an original member of TV’s “The Mickey Mouse Club,” told police he shoved the elderly former actor to the ground and later hid his body beneath a massive pile of clothes inside Day’s southern Oregon home, court records allege.

    Daniel Burda, 36, also admitted to police that he tried to air out the room containing Day’s body “because it smelled like death” and at one point used chemical products to clean the space, according to a probable cause affidavit.

    The fatal July 2018 encounter unfolded after Day, 76, decided he no longer wanted Burda staying in his home, which had led to multiple altercations between the two men, the court documents allege.

    Nine months later in April, police found the missing man’s remains “under an extremely large pile of clothing” inside his home in Phoenix, according to the affidavit.

    The new details come a week after Burda was indicted in Jackson County on charges of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, criminal mistreatment and abuse of a corpse.

    The Oregonian/OregonLive obtained the affidavit, filed earlier this month, through a public records request.

    Burda also is accused of making more than 80 purchases using Day’s bank debit card — most of them for less than $20 — during the first several weeks after Day’s death. He faces multiple counts of aggravated identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

    The affidavit said “witnesses reported that Day wanted to evict Burda … and there were a series of arguments over it.”

    Day was first reported missing in July 2018, two weeks after Caswell had been hospitalized due to a series of falls at their home.

    Burda told police later that month that Day had left his residence with his dog to go on a trip with friends, court records show.

    Before his arrest, Burda told police that he and Day had fought multiple times over Day wanting him out of the house, the affidavit said. He remains held without bail in the Jackson County jail.

    Caswell, who suffers from short-term memory loss and other health issues, now lives at an assisted living facility in Medford.

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