Judge to Investigators: Find Casey Kasem

Judge orders investigation into ailing radio host's whereabouts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 12, 2014 6:31 PM CDT
Judge to Investigators: Find Casey Kasem
In this Oct. 27, 2003 file photo, Casey Kasem poses for photographers after receiving the Radio Icon award during The 2003 Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)

A judge today 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.

Craig Marcus, an attorney who appeared on Jean Kasem's behalf at today's hearing, said he did not know where the radio personality was but knew that he had been removed from the country. 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. Marcus said in court that Jean Kasem had every right to move her husband as she saw fit. Daughter Kerri Kasem had sought a temporary conservatorship, and after Marcus' revelation, she was appointed her father's temporary caretaker today. Her attorney, Troy Martin, said the family believes the entertainer has been taken to an Indian reservation in Washington state. Kasem is said to have just months to live. (Read more Casey Kasem stories.)

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