Casey Kasem Disappears, Possibly To A Washington Indian Reservation
The search is on for 82-year-old Casey Kasem, who has disappeared from Los Angeles without his children's knowledge. Kasem suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease. The man known for voicing Shaggy of Scooby Doo and hosting radio's weekly American Top 40 program can no longer speak. His wife, actress Jean Kasem, has selected various treatment facilities for him, but his children complain that their stepmother has moved him repeatedly and that they haven't been able to see him, City News Service reports.
Kasem's daughter, Kerri Kasem, was appointed his temporary conservator today, but Jean Kasem's attorney, Craig Marcus, appeared before Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy to say while he didn't know where Kasem was, he definitely was not in the U.S. Marcus claimed this meant Murphy no longer had jurisdiction over Kasem, but Murphy rejected this argument.
Kerri's attorney, Troy Martin, believes Kasem has been moved to an Indian reservation in Washington State. Murphy ordered a court-appointed attorney to track down Kasem.
The battle between Kasem's three children with his first wife, Linda Myers—Kerri, Julie and Mike—and their stepmother has been going on for some time. The three siblings and Kasem's brother protested in front of Kasem’s home on Oct. 1, 2013, saying that they hadn't been able to see him in three months. Julie also filed for temporary conservatorship in October, but reached a settlement with her stepmother.
Kasem married Jean in 1980 and they have one child, Liberty Jean Kasem.