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Deja vu: Where are Casey Kasem's remains?

July 18, 2014 at 7:34 PM ET

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Casey Kasem with his wife Jean in 2007

Two months after Casey Kasem went missing when his wife removed him from a Santa Monica hospital, the deceased radio icon's remains have been moved from a Tacoma, Washington funeral home — and once again no one seems to know where he is.

Kasem, 82, died on June 15 at St. Anthony's Hospital after a lengthy struggle with Lewy Body dementia. Jean Kasem, his wife of 33 years, moved him from Gaffney Funeral Home on July 14 and listed the Urgel Bourgie Funeral Home in Montreal, Canada, as the place of disposition, according to the death certificate filed at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.

However, a representative from Urgel Bourgie told NBC News on Friday that the legendary disc jockey is at none of their 25 funeral homes.

"We don't know where he is at all," said Washington attorney Scott Winship, who represents Kasem's eldest daughter Kerri Kasem. "He's missing again."

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On Thursday, Kerri Kasem obtained a temporary restraining order preventing Jean Kasem from cremating or removing her father's remains from the funeral home.

"We didn't know because the funeral director was on a gag order and couldn't tell us anything," Winship said. "It wasn't until I got the restraining order that the funeral director told me that Mr. Kasem was no longer there. So the restraining order is essentially a moot point."

Kerri Kasem also asked the judge for authorization to seek an autopsy for her father as part of a Santa Monica police investigation into whether her stepmother should be charged with elder abuse, according to Pierce County Superior Court documents obtained by NBC News.

Judge Ronald Culpepper agreed with Kerri Kasem citing that she "has a well-grounded fear that Jean Kasem will either remove Mr. Kasem’s body from this state or will cremate his remains before this Court can rule on the petition for an autopsy."

They were both right, but it had already happened. Casey Kasem's children from his first marriage have said that their stepmother prevented them from seeing or talking to their father for over a year.

In May, Jean Kasem removed her husband from a Santa Monica hospital, tearing out his feeding tube, and took him to Las Vegas and Arizona before ending up at a friend's house in Washington, court documents show.

"When I went to the Health Department to get the death certificate, they told me that Jean first announced plans to bury him in Paris, France," Winship said. "Then she said she was taking him to Vancouver, British Columbia. Now, it's supposedly Montreal. Jean is likely not in the state of Washington anymore."

The death certificate also lists Jean Kasem’s address as Jerusalem, Israel, even though the Kasems have lived in Beverly Hills for two decades.

Neither Jean Kasem nor her attorney have returned calls from NBC News.

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