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Judge orders investigation into Casey Kasem's whereabouts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from the country.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where Kasem is being treated and report back to the court. Kasem, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem.

Casey Kasem's children have complained that they have been unable to see their father in accordance with an agreement with their stepmother. Daughter Kerri Kasem had sought a temporary conservatorship and was appointed her father's temporary caretaker on Monday. Her attorney, Troy Martin, said the family believes the entertainer has been taken to an Indian reservation in Washington state.

Murphy's order came after Craig Marcus, an attorney who appeared on Jean Kasem's behalf at Monday's hearing, said he did not know where the radio personality was but knew that he had been removed from the country.

"I have no idea where he is," Marcus said.

Radio Icon Casey Kasem Is Missing

The revelation brought stunned protests from Murphy and two of Casey Kasem's daughters, two of the entertainer's three children from a previous marriage.

"Your statements concern me even more," the judge told Marcus, who declined to comment after the hearing.

Marcus said in court that Jean Kasem had every right to move her husband as she saw fit.

Murphy appointed a doctor to look into Casey Kasem's care and ordered a court-appointed attorney to find out his whereabouts as soon as possible.

Casey Kasem gained fame with his radio music countdown shows, "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," and was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon "Scooby Doo."

As temporary conservator, Kerri Kasem will have access to her father's medical records and other reports that have previously been sealed by court order.

Kerri Kasem's case is the second one opened by one of the former host's children to try to gain access to their father and have some oversight over his care. A previous case by daughter Julie Kasem was dismissed after she reached a settlement with her stepmother, but the daughter said Monday that agreement has been breached.

In a court filing last week, Kerri Kasem's attorneys wrote that the entertainer has been repeatedly moved without warning and his children have been unable to see him. The complaint accused Jean Kasem of elder abuse by isolating her husband from his family.

"We've been troubled for a long time," Kerri Kasem said after Monday's court hearing. She said Murphy's orders will ensure that the truth about her father's care comes out.

"Justice has been served today," she said.

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FRANK A May 12 2014 at 9:28 PM

As a former guardian, these stories run wild and true. Seems there is always someone trying to pull a fast one...always. Don't these idiots understand that all things leave a paper trail...what goes around , comes back at you good or bad. Murphy said "everything has an action, and a reaction"...how true.

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vjcinpalmbeach May 12 2014 at 9:54 PM

This is a judge who has more EDUCATION in SENIORS than you posters have....

Sorry, but true.

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Alan Mercier May 12 2014 at 9:54 PM

And Now for this weeks Long Distance Dedication.......

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Eric May 12 2014 at 9:54 PM

Counting down to checking out...

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bartzr May 12 2014 at 9:55 PM

have had prior experience with Jean Kasem she owned a baby crib company called little miss liberty round crib co. She was very condescending, horrible to work with and only interested in money and not babies safety. I hope Caseys children and save him from the conniving,mean spirited jean!

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hattie54 bartzr May 12 2014 at 11:17 PM

The daughter they had together has to be in college now or older.

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Eric May 12 2014 at 9:57 PM


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cspence719 May 12 2014 at 10:00 PM

Let's make a 'Long Distance Dedication' to Casey.

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~Babe~ cspence719 May 12 2014 at 10:08 PM

such a great voice/Man.....

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Herbert Kaid cspence719 May 12 2014 at 10:11 PM

Yes, perhaps he may answer, from wherever he may be, hope that he will live his last days in minimal pain, if there is a life after, then I hope that I would be privileged enough to se him then,

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EfinTwistedT May 12 2014 at 10:03 PM

aw, i hope he's ok

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matchme404 May 12 2014 at 10:03 PM

greed.... it is what shows a person's true integrity and being. trust no one, not even family! you'll be shocked at the outcome by those you think you know and trust so well. greed creates creatures you have never recognized before, even after knowing them most of your life. it's scary to know the unknown.

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potero1 May 12 2014 at 10:04 PM

I used to listen to him all the time in my youth. I loved his voice and knowledge of music. He was a great entertainer himself I wish him well and hope his children get to see him before he dies. Paul

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Herbert Kaid potero1 May 12 2014 at 10:09 PM

I can't believe that he was ordered out of the country, that's just,,,,,,,,,

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