Casey Kasem's Body Missing From Funeral Home: Report; Who Took It?

Friday, 18 Jul 2014 07:49 PM

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Casey Kasem's body is missing, TMZ reports.

More than a month after the Top 40 DJ died, it seems his family's feud is continuing with "family sources" accusing Kasem's widow Jean of taking the body from the funeral home one day before a judge ordered her to keep it there, TMZ said.

Kasem's daughter Kerri beleives Jean is out of the country, TMZ said, and noted that oddly, Jean listed Jerusalem as her address on Kasem's death certificate.

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TMZ said no one knows where Jean is, and calls to her "people" went unanswered.

A judge in Washington state this week granted Kasem's daughter a temporary restraining order preventing the famous radio host's wife from cremating his remains or removing them from a funeral home.

Kasem, who in addition to radio voiced animated television characters like Scooby-Doo's sidekick Shaggy, died June 15 at a hospital in Gig Harbor.

Kasem suffered from a form of dementia, and his three adult children from his first wife fought a bitter legal battle with Kasem's second wife over control of his health care in his final months.

Daughter Kerri Kasem on Wednesday asked a Pierce County Superior Court judge for authorization to seek an autopsy on her father as well as a temporary restraining order to ensure his body is held in cold storage and not cremated until that autopsy is completed.

Judge Ronald Culpepper ordered Kasem's second wife of 34 years, Jean, to ensure that the radio host's remains are preserved and that his body stays at the funeral home until the court decides on the autopsy petition.

A call to Jean Kasem's attorney Friday morning was not immediately returned.

Kerri Kasem said she was worried that her stepmother might prevent the autopsy by having his remains moved to Canada or cremated, according to the statement she filed in court.

She said she learned from the director of the funeral home that Jean Kasem planned to have an autopsy done and that worried her because she wondered why it was needed.

"I'm concerned about the results of any autopsy Jean Kasem may have commissioned and how they might be used," Kerri Kasem wrote. "Consequently, I thought it would be best to ask the Washington Court to allow me to have an autopsy conducted by a forensic pathologist of my own selection."

A hearing has been scheduled for July 25 on the autopsy petition.

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