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Authorities: Casey Kasem found in Washington state

May. 15, 2014 3:13 AM EDT




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.

Missing Radio Legend Casey Kasem Found Safe In Washington State

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.

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DOCNSUE May 15 2014 at 10:19 AM

Maybe he has been moved to avoid all the drama. The man married this woman you all say looks like a "blonde bimbo". I trust his judgment, they have been married for 34 years. She is his wife. It is a shame his kids for whatever reason have been now being kept from visiting him. The reasons why his wife has done this we do not know. I have seen and heard of relatives taking advantage of the being ill situation with getting things and asking for things of the elderly and even attempting to take control of financial affairs from the wife. It is a sad situation. I wish folks would realize what really is important.

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hello my friend. May 15 2014 at 3:44 PM

34 years she was married to him. He can't function. Now as he is about to die the kids want him. hhhmmmm... THINK!

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kittys3mts hello my friend. May 15 2014 at 3:59 PM

EXACTLY! The brats are circling the gold. Hell, she's been giving them money monthly for years. They never peeped until she stopped.

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queenanitaempire hello my friend. May 15 2014 at 5:03 PM

How do u know that to be the truth ? some fathers allow seconds wives to come between him & his children !

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vafilec_39 May 15 2014 at 10:28 AM

No matter how you feel about your kids or spouse you should always let the children see your spouse. Parents (both) are a very necessary part of life (there are cases, like child abuse when that is not true). Moving the husband so the kids could not see him, was a very childish maneuver. A restraining order could have been applied for but not sure the courts would approve that unless the kids were cruel to that parent. Looks like the dye has affected the head parts on the Mrs.

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DebbyDearest May 15 2014 at 3:31 PM

So glad he was found alive and safe.

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allnightradioman May 15 2014 at 10:29 AM

That woman is no longer Casey's wife but rather his and his family's evil tormentor. She needs to be put in prison for a good long while for blocking his children from seeing him.

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carrie May 15 2014 at 10:29 AM

This has nothign to do with money on the part of his kids. Jean had made it impossible for the kids to see their Dad for a long time and Casey isn't in good enough health to stand up to her. All they want is to share his life for the time he has left. She has no right to keep them from seeing him, only someone afraid of losing something would do that.

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cabinsmoke carrie May 15 2014 at 10:32 AM

Thanks, Carrie Kasem.

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NANCY CARBONE May 15 2014 at 10:29 AM

He was one of the best radio hosts ever. !!! His kids have all the right in the world to see there father. Wicked stepmom, let the kids see there dad !!!!!!!!

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Paula May 15 2014 at 3:29 PM

I was all against the wife when I first heard about this, I figured she was a money hungry gold-digger who wanted to make sure she got all of his money. Well, there is one little piece to this story that makes it different, "Jean his wife of 34 years". Thirty-four years?!!! I say that makes her the one who should be calling the shots and she probably sees the kids as more concerned about daddy's bankbook than daddy. Who knows how much attention they paid to him before he got sick. That is just conjecture on my part but a possibility.

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Chas Winstanley May 15 2014 at 10:30 AM

The children are always after the dough and whats best for them not Casey

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caprice420 Chas Winstanley May 15 2014 at 10:36 AM

Perhaps it's his WIFE who is after all his money, trying to cut his children out! Hopefully, he has a Will and the court can sort it out! His children are always his children, no matter to whom he is married!

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Iris Brown caprice420 May 15 2014 at 11:45 AM

True, but Casey & Jean also have a child together.

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Nicoara May 15 2014 at 3:28 PM

SHame on his wife.

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hello my friend. Nicoara May 15 2014 at 3:40 PM

You have probably never had relatives rip you off as they manuver to steal a dying relative's estate.

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boogiewiz Nicoara May 15 2014 at 3:59 PM

shame on you for judging about someone or a matter you know nothing about

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