Where in the world is Casey Kasem? Though a judge ruled in favor of the legendary DJ’s daughter and named her his temporary conservator, he also expressed serious concern regarding Casey’s whereabouts. And with no sign of Casey anywhere, the judge ordered an investigation to find him and reunite him with his daughter.
Casey Kasem‘s children and wife, Jean Kasem, have been in a years-long legal battle over who should be taking care of him as he struggles with Parkinson’s disease. The children, daughter Kerri Kasem specifically, earned a huge victory on May 12 when a judge named her his conservator in favor over his wife, but there is a much more pressing matter at hand. A question that no one currently has an answer to: Where is Casey Kasem?
Casey Kasem Missing: Moved Out Of The United States?
Besides giving Kerri temporary conservatorship, the judge also ordered there be an investigation into Casey’s whereabouts, according to the AP. The 82-year-old DJ’s children believe that his wife — their stepmother — has removed him from Los Angeles without their knowledge.
In court, the Kasem children reportedly complained that they haven’t been able to see their father in accordance with a pre-existing agreement they had with their stepmother. Kerri’s attorney even went so far to claim that Casey has been taken to an Indian reservation in the state of Washington. In response, Jean’s lawyer, who was representing her during the hearing, argued that she still has the right to move her husband as she pleases. And though he didn’t name a specific location, he affirmed that he “was no longer in the United States.”
Kerri Kasem: Protective Services Searching For My Dad
But now that Kerri has been given a temporary conservatorship and has been named Casey’s caretaker, the judge wants Casey back in Los Angeles where she can look after him. Kerri confirmed that an official investigation has been opened to return Casey home in a post on Facebook: “Justice was finally served! I just won temporary conservatorship over my father’s healthcare. We have been vindicated by the court. Thank you for your prayers, well wishes and support through this entire ordeal.”
She later added, “I believe my father’s wife fled the country (or possibly went to an Indian Reservation) with my Dad because she knew I would win in court today. The judge ordered, Adult Protective Services, the PVP Attorney and the police to look for him. Please pray that he is safe.”
Jean and Casey’s children have been battling since 2007, when Julie Kasem claimed that Jean wouldn’t allow her and her siblings to check on Casey’s health, even though the DJ had given her power of attorney. Jean reportedly shut down all communication with Casey’s children, according to CNN, and she even barred them from seeing their father. Now the decision is out of her hands though — with Kerri being named Casey’s temporary caretaker (a hearing to determine Casey’s permanent caretaker is set for June 20), Jean is legally bound to allow Kerri and the rest of the Kasem children access to Casey.
That is, if Adult Protective Services can ever find Casey.
— Andrew Gruttadaro