The State Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed last month that a body found April 6 at the Oregon home shared by Dennis Day, 76, and his husband, Ernie Caswell, belonged to the child star.
Caswell suffers from “age-related memory loss” and has been living at a care facility. Prior to Day’s disappearance, Caswell had fallen in the couple’s home and been hospitalized, and reported his husband missing after he realized that Day had not been to visit him in several weeks, according to Day’s family.
Last seen in July, 2018, walking to visit friends, Day’s remains were found in the couple’s home in Phoenix, Oregon on April 4th 2019. Captain Timothy Fox of the Oregon State Police said it took some time for them to identify the remains because of their poor condition, which prevented them from using dental records or DNA. The cause of death is unknown. Citing an ongoing investigation, Police have not revealed where on the property Day’s body was found.
According to the Mail Tribune, warrants issued last week accuse Wanda Diane Garcia, 57, of Medford, and Lori Ann Declusin, 34, of White City, of felony unauthorized use of Day’s 1990s model Ford Escort after they were stopped in the vehicle last July 26.
In addition, Garcia is charged with first-degree theft after allegedly taking and selling a brooch on July 19 that belonged to Day.
According to the criminal charge, Garcia, Declusin and a third person were allegedly stopped July 26 driving Day’s car. No arrests were made at the time but Garcia was cited for driving with a suspended license and the car was impounded, reports the Mail Tribune.
Garcia pleaded not guilty to the charges related to Day but remained in the Jackson County jail Monday with bail listed at $20,000, according to online records.
Declusin also entered a plea of not guilty and was released on her own recognizance, reports KOBI.