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Ailing Kasem ‘1 step closer’ to back home

Casey Kasem was located in Washington state on Wednesday, three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concerns about the ailing radio host’s whereabouts and safety amid a dispute between his wife and his children from another marriage.

Kasem’s condition was not immediately known, although his children rejoiced after days of uncertainty and said in a statement that locating their father was the first step in bringing him back to the Los Angeles area.

Santa Monica police Sgt. Mario Toti said Kasem was located by the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, hours after Kasem’s children filed a missing person report.

Kasem’s daughter Kerri was appointed his temporary conservator at a court hearing Monday.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered adult protective services and court investigators to try to locate Kasem.

“We are grateful to the local authorities for finding my dad,” Kerri Kasem said in a statement. “We are one step closer to bringing him home.”

Casey Kasem, 82, has been in poor health in recent years. Kerri Kasem’s court filings state that he is suffering from a form of dementia called Lewy body disease that had been misdiagnosed as an advanced form of Parkinson’s disease.

Until Monday, Casey Kasem’s wife of 34 years, Jean, had been in control of his medical care and controlled access to him.

– Associated Press

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