By Maurice Bobb
Where is Casey Kasem?
That’s the million-dollar question that reportedly prompted a Los Angeles Superior Court judge to order an investigation into the whereabouts of the former "American Top 40" host.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the judge made his ruling after an attorney for Kasem's wife, Jean Kasem, said that he had been removed from L.A., possibly even out of the country, without his children’s knowledge.
As a result of his advanced dementia, Kasem can no longer speak and has been in various treatment facilities, all chosen by his wife Jean. Judge Daniel S. Murphy on Monday (May 12) ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where the ailing 82-year-old broadcasting icon is being treated and report back to the court immediately.
Daughter Kerri Kasem was appointed temporary caretaker on Monday after seeking temporary conservatorship, according to THR. Murphy also appointed a doctor to look into Casey Kasem’s care and ordered a court-appointed lawyer to determine his whereabouts as soon as possible. Troy Martin, her attorney, reportedly said the family believes that the long-tenured entertainer was taken to an Indian reservation in Washington state.
As a result of the judge’s ruling, Kerri Kasem will now have access to her father’s medical record and other reports previously sealed by court order. Her case is the second one opened by one of Casey Kasem’s children seeking access to their father and input into decisions about his care.