Radio icon Casey Kasem’s body has gone missing from a Washington state funeral home that had been keeping it, his daughter Kerri’s lawyer said.
Kasem was the radio host of "American Top 40" and voiced cartoon characters like Scooby-Doo’s sidekick Shaggy. He died June 15 at age 84, suffering from dementia.
A judge granted Kerri Kasem a temporary restraining order Friday preventing her stepmother Jean Kasem from cremating the remains. When Kerri’s lawyer Scott Winship went to the funeral home to give them a copy of the restraining order, he learned Kasem’s remains had been removed.
"They said they could not disclose where he had gone or where he would end up," Winship told the Associated Press.
Access Hollywood reported the funeral home said the body had been in their care for at least two days.
Jean Kasem filled out a death certificate, filed in the Pierce County Superior Court, dated July 15 that listed “removal from state” to a funeral home in Montreal as the intended means of disposing of the remains. In Washington state, a spouse’s wishes trump the wishes of the children.
In addition to the restraining order, Kerri Kasem asked a Pierce County judge Wednesday to allow an autopsy on her father. The judge ordered Jean Kasem to ensure the body stay at the Tacoma funeral home until the court decided on the autopsy petition at a July 25 hearing.
The radio host’s three oldest kids, Kerri, Julie and Mike, held a memorial a few days after their father’s death but hoped he would be buried in Glendale, Washington, as he had wished, the LA Times reported.