(CBS/AP) - Former Top 40 radio host Casey Kasem, whose whereabouts had been a mystery, has been found, a representative of one of his daughters says.
Danny Deraney, of Deraney Public Relations, told CBS news early Thursday that Kasem, 82, was found in Washington state, though exactly where wasn't known.
Deraney's firm represents Kerri Kasem, one of the ailing radio icon's two daughters and three children from a marriage before his current one.
Deraney told CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV that Casey Kasem was located hours after Kerri Kasem filed a missing persons report Wednesday.
Casey Kasem is gravely ill, Deraney told KIRO. "The family has grave concerns about his medical care. The Kasem family will do everything in their power to bring their father home," Deraney told the station.
"They're absolutely thrilled and relieved right now," Deraney observed to CBS News. "The next step is to bring him back home where he belongs."
A judge had ordered an investigation into Casey Kasem's whereabouts Monday after an attorney for his wife, Jean Kasem, said Casey Kasem had been removed from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge.
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 suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by 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.
Kerri Kasem had sought a temporary conservatorship and was appointed her father's temporary caretaker on Monday. Her attorney, Troy Martin, said at the time the family believed the entertainer had been taken to an Indian reservation in Washington state.
Murphy's order came after Craig Marcus, an attorney who appeared on Jean Kasem's behalf at Monday's hearing, said he did not know where the radio personality was but that he was "no longer in the United States."
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.
"I have no idea where he is," Marcus said.
"Your statements concern me even more," the judge told Marcus, who declined to comment after the hearing.
Marcus said in court that Jean Kasem had every right to move her husband as she saw fit. He argued that Murphy no longer had jurisdiction over Casey Kasem because he had been moved, but the judge rejected the argument.
Murphy appointed a doctor to look into Casey Kasem's care and ordered a court-appointed attorney to find out his whereabouts as soon as possible.
Casey Kasem gained fame with his radio music countdown shows, "American Top 40" and "Casey's Top 40," and was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon "Scooby Doo."
As temporary conservator, Kerri Kasem was to have access to her father's medical records and other reports that have previously been sealed by court order.
Kerri Kasem's case is the second one opened by one of the former host's children to try to gain access to their father and have some oversight over his care. A previous case, by daughter Julie Kasem, was dismissed after she reached a settlement with her stepmother, but the daughter said Monday that agreement has been breached.
In a court filing last week, Kerri Kasem's attorneys wrote that the entertainer has been repeatedly moved without warning and his children have been unable to see him. The complaint accused Jean Kasem of elder abuse by isolating her husband from his family.
"We've been troubled for a long time," Kerri Kasem said after Monday's court hearing. She said Murphy's orders will ensure that the truth about her father's care comes out.
"Justice has been served today," she said.
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