Authorities: Casey Kasem found in Washington state
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 25: Radio personality Casey Kasem (L) and his wife Jean Kasem ride in the 2007 Hollywood's Santa Parade on November 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 15: Radio personality Casey Kasem (2nd from left) and his family arrive at the Golden Dads Awards ceremony at the Peterson Automotive Museum on June 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Casey Kasem and wife Jean during The Museum Of Television & Radio To Honor CBS News's Dan Rather And Friends Producing Team at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Casey Kasem accepts the Radio Icon Award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 4: Radio Personality Casey Kasem and wife Jean Kasem attend St. Jude Gala Dinner and Whitney Houston Concert on June 4, 1993 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Michael Jackson and Casey Kasem during Michael Jackson is Honored With Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
DETROIT - 1957: Disc jockey, TV personality and actor Casey Kasem in the DJ booth at WJBK radio station in 1957 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Allan H. Plant Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Casey Kasem was located in Washington state on Thursday, three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concerns about the ailing radio host's whereabouts and safety.
Kasem's condition was not immediately known, although his children rejoiced after days of uncertainty and said in a statement that locating their father was the first step in bringing him back to the Los Angeles area.
Santa Monica police Sgt. Mario Toti said Kasem was located by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, hours after Kasem's children filed a missing person's report. Kasem's daughter Kerri, who was appointed his temporary conservator at a court hearing on Monday, had to wait for court filings before she was able to file the report.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered adult protective services and court investigators to try to locate Kasem after an attorney for his wife told the court that the former "Top 40" host was no longer in the United States but he did not know where he was.
Kerri Kasem's attorney Troy Martin said during the hearing that Kasem had been moved to an Indian reservation but was not sure because he had been frequently moved from medical facilities.
"We are grateful to the local authorities for finding my dad," Kerri Kasem wrote in a statement. "We are one step closer to bringing him home."
Casey Kasem, 82, has been in poor health in recent years. Kerri Kasem's court filings state her father is suffering from a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease that had previously been incorrectly diagnosed as an advanced form of Parkinson's disease.
Until Monday, Casey Kasem's wife of 34 years, Jean, had been in control of his medical care and controlled access to him. She has blocked three of Kasem's children from a previous marriage, including Kerri Kasem, from seeing him in recent months, according to court filings.
Danny Deraney, a spokesman for Kerri Kasem and her siblings, said the family still had "grave concerns" about Casey Kasem's health.
Jean Kasem's attorney Craig Marcus argued Monday that his client had the right to move her husband to any facility she saw fit. Murphy said he had the authority to order an investigation into Casey Kasem's whereabouts and appointed an independent attorney and doctor to evaluate the radio host.
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."
Murphy scheduled a hearing for June 20 to receive updates on Kasem's health and wellbeing.