LOS ANGELES: Casey Kasem, one of America's most famous radio disc jockeys, was found in the northwestern state of Washington on Wednesday, three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concerns about the ailing radio host's whereabouts and safety amid a dispute between his wife and children from another marriage.
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. Casey Kasem, 82, has been in poor health in recent years.
Kasem, the Detroit-born son of Lebanese Druze immigrants, became one of the most prominent Arab-Americans of his day as the long-running host of the countdown shows "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," known for his inspirational dedications to listeners. He used his oft-imitated voice for the cartoon character Shaggy in "Scooby Doo."
California police said Kasem was found by police in Washington state 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 may have been moved to a tribal reservation but was not sure because he had been frequently moved from medical facilities.
Danny Deraney, a spokesman for three of Kasem's children, said Thursday that the former radio host wasn't found on a reservation. Calls to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Department seeking additional details were not returned.
Deraney said the family still had "grave concerns" about Casey Kasem's health.
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.
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.
Murphy scheduled a hearing for June 20 to receive updates on Kasem's health and well-being.