Missing radio icon Casey Kasem has been found.
Kasem’s family confirmed early Thursday that the longtime “American Top 40” host had been located in Washington state, three days after a California judge ordered an investigation into the 82-year-old’s whereabouts.
“The family has grave concerns about his medical care,” family spokesman Danny Deraney said in a statement. “The Kasem family will do everything in their power to bring their father home.”
“We are grateful to local authorities for finding my Dad,” Kasem’s daughter Kerri said. “We are one step closer to bringing him home.”
The exact location where Kasem was found was not immediately known.
Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Daniel Murphy ordered the investigation Monday after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife said Kasem had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge.
Kasem suffers from advanced Parkinson’s disease, can no longer speak and has been in various medical facilities chosen by his wife, Jean Kasem.
Kasem’s children have complained that they have been unable to see their father in accordance with an agreement with their stepmother. Kerri Kasem had sought a temporary conservatorship and was appointed her father’s temporary caretaker on Monday. Her attorney, Troy Martin, said at the time that the family believed the entertainer has been taken to an Indian reservation in Washington state.
On Wednesday, the family filed a missing person report with the Santa Monica police.
On Tuesday, Kerri Kasem told Fox News’ Greta van Susteren that the family had received some tips as to her father’s whereabouts, and one of her stepmother’s relatives told her they overheard a conversation that the plan was to move Casey Kasem to an Indian reservation and then out of the country.
“I have to find my dad,” she said. “He is he very ill and being moved across state lines or wherever he is, this is not good for his health.”
Kasem said she believes Jean Kasem “needs some help” because she and her family do not understand what her stepmother is doing.
“We have told her time and time again if it’s about the money, take the money, take the house,” she said. “We won’t contest the will. We won’t contest anything. Take it all. Have it all. Give us our dad back. She won’t do it and we don’t understand what she wants.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.