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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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to7mrg May 12 2014 at 8:15 PM

how sad!

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Sean T. Bjornson May 12 2014 at 8:36 PM

just out of curiosity is it possible since he's of Persian descent he's visiting the area before he dies? keeping it a secret since he's such a high profile celebrity? and would be a valuable kidnap target?

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Peggy May 13 2014 at 4:18 AM

I remember meeting Casey 50 yrs ago, I was 13, & my friend & I were at a preview showing of The Hallelujah Trail! He was in his vendor booth. He was the nicest person you'd love to meet. I always listened to his countdown 40! I pray he is safe, & treated with dignity, & that those who are with him lets his family know where he is! God Bless You Casey!

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wadewade2004 May 13 2014 at 4:17 AM

I pray and hope they find him.

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gramos555 wadewade2004 May 13 2014 at 5:00 AM

He's not lost. He is hidden.

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bbhuey4213 gramos555 May 13 2014 at 5:17 AM

How exactly does that matter? They're still looking for him...

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dpointer65 May 12 2014 at 8:36 PM

I only wish Casey and his children the best. I was fortunate enough to of met him twice and found him to be an alright and decent person. Those of my generation, (mid fifties in age), remember his show well from back in the day, and those 1970's countdowns are still heard in syndication in various U.S radio markets, so he obviously still has some appeal. Let's try to wish the guy some peace.

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ROBIN dpointer65 May 12 2014 at 9:14 PM

This is like the Mickey Rooney story;he made millions and ended up with only $18,000. I hope his kids can stop good ole step mom. My ex wife is a gold digger, she's on to the next victim already.

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cheryl May 13 2014 at 4:09 AM

my prayers are with the children. they have the right to see their father. I think Jean kasem
is being very nasty and selfish.

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Katie Lynd May 13 2014 at 4:08 AM

May God be with him and his family at this time. I am praying for his safe return.

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JLS Katie Lynd May 13 2014 at 5:09 AM

He's not missing. He is with his WIFE somewhere. That doesn't make him missing.

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dwtsisajoke May 13 2014 at 4:01 AM

i hope family gets his safe return

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salblossom May 13 2014 at 3:56 AM

Parkinson's affects the muscle not the mind, but if casey can not communicate he may be mistakenly dx with senility. He may be praying for his children to rescue him and thus be waiting for them.

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Lmrphoto May 12 2014 at 8:40 PM

The guy was once good! Just goes to show that when your body(Heart) keeps you alive longer than your brain can function, you become a walking zombie. But, do not fear! Doctors will keep you alive long enough to drain your bank accounts, as well as your Social Security Benefits. What a scam.

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PatiroticUSGlory Lmrphoto May 12 2014 at 8:53 PM

He has Parkinson's and cannot speak, not dementia.

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rose PatiroticUSGlory May 12 2014 at 10:11 PM

Dementia most times accompanies Parkinson's

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