They had initially been investigating the death as a possible homicide.
Earnest's body was discovered in a Seymour field Thursday morning. His car was parked a couple hundred feet away. Witnesses say they saw the car there for the past three or four days. Earnest had been reported missing on September 21.
And while he may be gone, local musicians say the legacy of Dangerous Dan will live on.
"Dan had this interesting take on blues, and everything that he played had emotion," according to guitarist Dustin Garrett. "He could just play one note and you would feel what he was feeling."
"Danny put his own spin on every single song that he did. He was just magical," says musician and friend Mike Pritchard.
With Earnest's death, the local music community is grieving the loss of one of their own.
"The one thing about Dan is that he played with so many musicians in town," Garrett says. "You can talk to pretty much anybody and they'll either say they've seen Dan play, or they've gotten to play with him or back him up."
"I will remember him with his funny faces he made while he played with his eyes closed...him playing the most hellacious blues licks that you ever heard," recalls Pritchard. "He'll be missed, but I think he's in a good place."
Both Pritchard and Garrett say some sort of memorial is in the works, but no definitive time and place have been determined yet.
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