Katherine Jackson, the mother of dead superstar Michael Jackson, has been contacted by police after she was reported missing on the weekend.
Katherine Jackson, the grandmother and guardian of the megastar’s three children, is safe and with a family member in Arizona, authorities said late on Sunday, just one day after another relative reported her missing to police.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope said investigators made contact with Katherine Jackson, but he did not have specifics on her whereabouts.
The agency previously said they believed Katherine Jackson was with a relative and safe, but wanted to speak with her, a request that went unanswered.
Son Jermaine Jackson said in a statement: “Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor’s advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported <<missing>>.”
He said access to his mother is not being blocked but that her access to phones and computers was removed for her well being.
“Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist <<missing person>> report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael’s children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told,” he said.
Katherine Jackson’s grandchildren reported losing contact with her for a week, and nephew Trent Jackson filed a missing person report on Saturday night.
Her brief disappearance occurred at the same time of a brewing battle among other family members over his will believed faked after his death in June of 2009. The grandmother and her three grandchildren are the sole beneficiaries to Michael Jackson’s estate.
Worried for her grandmother’s safety, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris tweeted on early Sunday that she wanted her to return home.
“Yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven’t spoken with her in a week i want her home now,” the 14-year-old tweeted adding a number to call if there was any word.
It was unclear who is taking care of the children in Katherine Jackson’s absence.
At the same time of Paris’ pleas for help, her uncle Jermaine Jackson tweeted his own of assurance that his mother was safe and being taken care of during a time of medical need, naming a mini-stroke in recent months.
The stroke was initially disputed by the teen who tweeted that “nothing had happened to her”. The tweet was later deleted.
The incident demonstrated divisions in the Jackson family just days after five of the singer’s siblings once again claimed that the King of Pop’s will was a fake and that the executors of his lucrative estate should step down.
The undated letter, signed by Janet, Randy, Tito, Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson, claimed Katherine Jackson was being manipulated by the executors, John Branca and John McClain, her health had been affected, and she suffered a mini-stroke.
The estate has denied the accusations, which have swirled since Michael Jackson died from an overdose of a powerful anesthetic. Katherine Jackson obtained permission from a judge to investigate the will’s validity, but never pursued the matter in court.
Hearing her grandmother was sent away on doctor’s orders did little to calm Paris, who expressed concern of a possibly more dangerous situation brewing.
“The same doctor that testified on behalf of dr murray saying my father was a drug addict (a lie) is caring for my grandmother… just saying,” she wrote.
Radar Online identified that doctor as Dr. Allan Metzger, the same who wrote fraudulent prescriptions for Michael’s sister Janet Jackson leading to his 2009 reprimand by the Medical Board of California.
Last fall he testified in Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial that Michael Jackson had come to him requesting Propofol, the drug that ended his life. Allan Metzger said he refused Michael Jackson’s request and warned him of the consequences, aiding prosecutors despite being a defense witness.
Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the June 2009 propofol overdose death of Michael Jackson at age 50.
According to Radar Online, Dr. Allan Metzger was called on specifically by brothers Jermaine and Randy Jackson to treat their mother last week.
Dr. Allan Metzger is not Katherine Jackson’s primary physician and her regular doctor wasn’t aware of his house call until concerns about her whereabouts were raised.
Michael Jackson’s three children have lived with their grandmother since their father’s untimely death.