DJ Mike Kasem says he is relieved now that his dad Casey Kasem has been found in Washington

US television and radio personality Casey Kasem appears on the American Top 40 Live show in Los Angeles, California in this April 24, 2005 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
US television and radio personality Casey Kasem appears on the American Top 40 Live show in Los Angeles, California in this April 24, 2005 file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

DJ Mike Kasem said he was relieved after learning that his famous dad has been found in the state of Washington.

The Class 95FM DJ spoke to Life! this afternoon, shortly after California police said they have found Casey Kasem, days after the aged radio icon went missing from a hospital in Santa Monica where he was convalescing.

A Santa Monica police spokesman told the New York Daily News that Kasem was found and "was somewhere in the Pacific Northwest."

His disappearance came in the midst of a reported feud between Mike's siblings and their stepmother Jean Kasem over visitation and caretaking for Kasem, who is well known for his American Top 40 weekly countdown show.

The 82-year-old is reportedly suffering from a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease, a progressive disease that has left him barely able to speak and eating with a feeding tube.

Yesterday, Mike, who is born in the United States, told Life! he had spoken to his family about his dad, and said he could not wait to get him back into the care of those who love him.

Reportedly, his siblings had not seen Kasem since May 6.

Mike's sister Kerri had filed a missing person's report with Santa Monica police yesterday, after she won temporary conservatorship over her dad two days earlier.

Kerri had told the media that she suspected her stepmother had removed the former radio host from his hospital and likely taken him to an Indian reservation in Washington.

Mike spoke to Life yesterday about how he and his siblings had grown estranged from Jean over the years. He said Jean never wanted them to be involved in Kasem's life and he wound up being able to see his dad only for a few hours a year under an visitation agreement he signed with Jean.

A statement released by the Kasem siblings yesterday said: "The family has grave concerns about his health and look forward to bringing him home.

"We are grateful to the local authorities for finding our Dad. We are one step closer to bringing him home."

Kerri, 41, and Mike, 40, are among three children their father had with first wife Linda Myers. Kasem and Myers were married for seven years before divorcing in 1979.