Missing Radio DJ Casey Kasem Found Safe
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities say Casey Kasem has been located in Washington state three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concerns about the ailing radio host's whereabouts and safety.
Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Mario Toti said Kasem was located a few hours after his children filed a missing person's report on Wednesday. A representative for three of Kasem's children said the report was filed after a court issued letters appointing his daughter Kerri as his temporary conservator.
"The family has grave concerns about his medical care. The Kasem family will do everything in their power to bring their father home," representative Danny Deraney said in a statement.
Toti said Kasem was found by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, which could not immediately be reached for comment.
Kasem, 82, is suffering from Lewy body disease -- a common cause of dementia, a spokesman for his daughter said on Tuesday.
On Monday, Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy ordered adult protective services and a court investigator to locate Kasem after an attorney for his wife said he did not know the former "Top 40" host's whereabouts.
A judge named Kasem's daughter, Kerri, the temporary conservator until a June 20 hearing.
Kerri and her sister Julie Kasem said they last visited their father a week ago in the nursing home where he was staying.
When the daughters' attorney, Troy Martin, called the day after the visit to check up on Kasem, he was told by the nursing home that he had been removed overnight.
Julie Kasem and her husband filed an earlier conservatorship petition claiming the retired radio host "has been isolated from his daughters, friends and other family" by his wife, Jean Kasem.
Kasem's wife claims his children "single-handedly and irreparably shattered the lives of their father, his wife and youngest daughter, the calm of their home and their neighborhood by engaging in uncalled for public demonstrations and personal attacks in the media," she said in court papers, according to KCBS.
"They are doing so with a professionally orchestrated media and legal campaign that has disgraced their father and vilified their stepmother."
Last year, a judge ruled that Kasem was being well cared for by his wife, Jean Kasem. The judge denied a request by Kasem's children that a temporary conservator be appointed.
Jean Kasem, 60 this year, was an actress with roles in "Ghostbusters" and "Cheers."
Casey Kasem, who for decades hosted radio music countdown shows "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," retired in 2009.
His case has drawn attention to Lewy body dementia -- the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The condition can be hard to diagnose because Parkinson's and Alzheimer's cause similar symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Health.found