Missing radio icon Casey Kasem spotted in Washington state
LOS ANGELES — Days after he left a nursing home, radio icon Casey Kasem was spotted in Washington state — but his exact location remains unclear.
Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies performed a welfare check Tuesday at an address provided by California Adult Protective Services, according to CNN affiliate KOMO.
Authorities found Casey and his wife visiting others at a home. The couple told deputies they were on vacation, sheriff’s department spokesman Scott Wilson told the affiliate.
After determining Casey was not in distress and was receiving appropriate care, the deputies left.
“We are grateful to local authorities for finding my Dad. We are one step closer to bringing him home,” daughter Kerri Kasem said in a statement Wednesday night.
But the statement added that Kasem’s exact location in Washington “is still being determined.” Kitsap County authorities have not released the address where they found Kasem.
And the family still has “grave concerns about his medical care,” the daughter’s representative said in the statement.
“The Kasem family will do everything in their power to bring their father home,” Danny Deraney added.
Kasem, 82, is suffering from Lewy body disease — a common cause of dementia, a spokesman for his daughter told CNN on Tuesday.
On Monday, a judge named Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, the temporary conservator until a June 20 hearing.
But she hadn’t been able to take on the responsibility without knowing where he was. Kerri Kasem has said she feared her father may have been taken out of the country.
Kerri and her sister, Julie Kasem, told CNN 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, Martin told CNN.
Daughters vs. wife
Julie Kasem and her husband, Dr. Jamil Aboulhosn, 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.
“We tried everything to get her to let us see him when she stopped bringing him over to the house,” Kerri Kasem told CNN in December. “She had an assistant bring him over to the house so we could see him every weekend. She stopped. My sister went there, knocked on the door, and she was escorted off the property.”
But the wife gave a very different take on the ordeal last November.
“These 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 CNN affiliate 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. The judge denied a request by Kasem’s children that a temporary conservator be appointed.
Attempts to contact Jean Kasem’s attorney earlier this week were unsuccessful.
Jean Kasem, 60 this year, was an actress with roles in “Ghostbusters” and “Cheers.”
Decades of fame
Casey Kasem, who hosted radio music countdown shows “American Top 40” and “Casey’s Top 40” for decades, retired in 2009.
Besides the famed countdown shows, Kasem was also the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon “Scooby-Doo” and an announcer for NBC. He was a popular DJ and occasional actor before “American Top 40” began in 1970.
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.