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Radio icon Casey Kasem found in Washington state
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Radio icon Casey Kasem found in Washington state

Radio icon Casey Kasem found in Washington state

Radio icon Casey Kasem found in Washington state

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Former “Top 40” host Casey Kasem has been found hours after his daughter filed a missing person's report.

An official representative of Kasem told KIRO 7 that he was found in Washington state Wednesday and he is gravely ill.

"We have received confirmation that Casey Kasem has been found in Washington state. The family has grave concerns about his medical care. The Kasem family will do everything in their power to bring their father home," said Danny Deraney. 

Kasem’s daughter, Kerri Kasem, also released a statement after he was found:

“We are grateful to local authorities for finding my Dad. We are one step closer to bringing him home."

Kasem was found at a home in Kitsap County where he was staying as a guest of longtime family friends with his wife while on vacation, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Kasem was in good condition, had all of his medications and understood where he was and that his family was looking for him. The Sheriffs Office determined Kasem was not in danger and alerted the State of California. 

A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host 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, 82, suffers from advanced Parkinson's disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, 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. Daughter Kerri Kasem had sought a temporary conservatorship and was appointed her father's temporary caretaker on Monday. Her attorney, Troy Martin, said the family believes the entertainer has 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.

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