PHOENIX -- Friends of 76-year-old Phoenix resident Dennis Day have stepped up their efforts to locate the onetime Disney Mouseketeer, who has been missing since July.
On July 15, Day told his husband, Ernest Caswell, that he was going to visit friends. Uncharacteristically, he left his dog and cat behind and hasn’t been seen since.
His husband, whom he’s been in a relationship for 46 years, now suffers from a degree of age-related memory loss. Friends say Caswell’s hospitalization seemed to trigger a crisis, leading to Day’s departure. More than a week later, his car was discovered on the Oregon coast, being driven by persons unknown to Day’s friends. The driver told police that Day had given them permission to use it. No forensic evidence was found in the vehicle to suggest any struggle or foul play had occurred.
Day, an original Mouseketeer from 1956-57, is a veteran actor, dancer, and long-time entertainer and director for the California Renaissance Pleasure Faires & Dickens Fair. He was hired by Disney Studios for the original Mickey Mouse Club. Later, Dennis worked with then-developing Theatre La MaMa in New York City, before returning to California. Living in Los Angeles, then San Francisco, he worked for the producers of the Renaissance Pleasure Faires and Dickens Christmas Fairs, from the late 1960s into the 1980s.
Day and Caswell moved to Oregon in the mid-1980s. Day made and sold his own line of wine jellies and worked seasonally for Harry & David.
Anyone with knowledge of Day’s movements or whereabouts is asked to contact Lt. Jeff Price of the Phoenix Police Department at 541-535-1113, ext. 309, or the Anonymous Tipline at 1-888-960-6450.