From his last post he said he had 3 cables coming into the box number 1 was the power for the circuit and 2&3 were loads one being a fan of some kind and the other an outlet box or something like that. If you remove the switch I was saying the feed into the box cable one would have power to it. It sounded like the power then went straight to the outlet and thru a switch to the fan. That was my take on it anyway. Taking the switch out should leave everything down stream dead.
The other method would be having the power originate at the device and then come to the box to be switched it didn’t fit his scenario as well I thought.
He didn’t mention odd voltages around the rest of the house. Or things not working just this one circuit. Strange voltages make me thing of a missing ground also. Maybe I totally misread his problem I will have to go back and read it from the beginning. I started where he said don’t pay any attention to all the above.