Kerri Kasem, the daughter of radio icon Casey Kasem, has confirmed that she and her family do not know the location of the body of her father, who died June 15. Kasem's final days, and the days since his death, have been marred by a bitter family dispute between Kasem's children and his wife, Jean Kasem.
In an exclusive report, Access Hollywood quotes family spokesman Danny Deraney saying: “When we called the mortuary on July 15, they couldn’t tell us where Casey was. Then they said they couldn’t confirm or deny whether he was there.”
The story reports: "According to Deraney, the mystery further deepened when the Santa Monica Police Department got involved. Deraney claims the department, which is currently conducting an elder abuse investigation of Casey’s second wife Jean Kasem, contacted the mortuary and found out themselves that the 'American Top 40' radio host’s body had been moved."
The article cites Corey Gaffney, who owns the mortuary, saying Casey Kasem's body has not been in his care for two days or more. He adds: “I’m not allowed to say much beyond that."
After hearing the news, Kerri Kasem said: “We just hope Jean follows through with my father’s wishes to be buried at Forest Lawn."
The report notes: "A judge in Washington granted Kerri Kasem and her siblings a temporary restraining order on Wednesday, preventing Jean Kasem from cremating or removing Casey’s remains from a funeral home."
Kerry Kasem explained: “I asked for a temporary restraining order to find out if my dad was still in Washington. Although the police need a more complete autopsy for their investigation, the point for me was not to get one. This is not about a fight to get his body back. I just want to know if Jean has buried him.”
It was reported last week that "the reason Casey Kasem still hasn’t been buried is because Jean Kasem arranged a private autopsy amid the claims of elder abuse," the Access Hollywood report notes. "Kerri Kasem filed a missing persons report for her father back in May, when he disappeared a day after she visited him at a care facility in Santa Monica."