The remains of Day, 76, were found April 4 at his house in the southern Oregon city of Phoenix, but investigators weren’t confident enough to identify the corpse as his until Thursday, Oregon State Police said.
Because of the corpse’s condition, investigators couldn’t use dental records or DNA to identify it, and instead decided Thursday that the remains were Day’s through “investigation, evidence and other information,” police said in a statement.
His death is under investigation, state police said.
The husband, according to a missing person’s poster on a Facebook site set up to find Day, had asked someone to call police so he could report Dennis missing because he hadn’t visited the hospital in several weeks.
It’s not immediately clear why the remains weren’t found in the home until April. Police haven’t said where the body was located in the house.
“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,” the post reads.
Day was one of the first cast members of “The Mickey Mouse Club,” the 1950s television variety show aimed at children. He appeared on the show’s first two seasons, according to a website dedicated to the program.