May 13, 2014 8:55 AM by Chelsea DeCesare
Legendary disc jockey Casey Kasem is missing, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge wants to know his whereabouts, and his daughters say they're desperately worried his abrupt removal from a medical facility - done against their wishes - will kill him.
The 82-year-old "Top 40" host and radio personality is suffering from a degenerative malady, either Parkinson's disease, according to court documents, or Lewy body disease, a form of dementia, as his daughters maintain. His children told a judge on Monday that they don't know where he is being treated.
During a hearing on Monday, Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator to locate Kasem, after hearing conflicting information that he is either at an Indian reservation in Washington or is out of the country, a court spokeswoman told NBC News.
Casey Kasem's children have complained for months that they've been prohibited from seeing their father. Kasem's daugher, Kerri Kasem, was appointed as her father's temporary caretaker during the hearing, after her lawyer told the judge the family believes Kasem is being treated in Washington state.
In an interiew Monday night, Kerri Kasem told NBC News that she saw her father last Tuesday at a medical facility that she did not name. She described the "two-to-three hour" visit as "incredible" because he "had a smile ear to ear and told us he loved us."
But Craig Marcus, who is Kasem's wife's lawyer, confused the situation even more by saying he is not sure where Kasem is, but he has "been removed from the country." Marcus said that Jean Kasem, who has been married to the radio icon for over 30 years, had every right to move her husband as she saw fit.
In addition to assigning the investigator, Murphy appointed a doctor to look into Casey Kasem's care.