Nov 30 1979 • 1950 • State-Georgetown • 303200

[Editor’s note: Text from https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE303200_d.html. The State Department FOIA release of 1981 withheld all names associated with Peoples Temple from this cable. They are denoted below in red type.]

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ORIGIN SCS-06
INFO OCT-01 ARA-15 ISO-00 CA-01 SSO-00 SY-05 SYE-00
FBIE-00 CIAE-00 INR-10 NSAE-00 INRE-00 DODE-00
/038 R
DRAFTED BY CA/SCS:RCLARK:ACM
APPROVED BY ARA:JBUSHNELL
CA/SCS:AGISE
S/S-O:JETHYDEN
——————033372 302003Z /44
O 301950Z NOV 78
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN IMMEDIATE
UNCLAS STATE 303200
E.O. 11652: N/A
TAGS:CASC
SUBJECT: DISPOSITION OF REMAINS OF CAROL JOYCE TOUCHETTE
AND ALBERT TOUCHETTE
REF: PORT OF SPAINS’S 3395 PARA (3)

1. DEPT. HAS INFORMED JULIA KEELY, THE AUNT OF ALBERT TOUCHETTE THAT CAROL JOYCE TOUCHETTE AND ALBERT TOUCHETTE HAVE BEEN POSITIVELY IDENTIFIED AND WHAT DISPOSITION WOULD SHE LIKE TO MAKE OF THE REMAINS. SHE INFORMED US THAT, AFTER A CONFERENCE WITH ALL INTERESTED FAMILY MEMBERS, THEY DECIDED THAT IT WAS THE PROPER RESPONSIBILITY ONLY OF SURVIVOR, CHARLES TOUCHETTE, THE HUSBAND AND FATHER RESPECTIVELY AND THEY DO NOT WISH TO BE FURTHER INVOLVED.

2. IN VIEW OF THE STATEMENT SET FORTH IN PORT OF SPAIN’S 3395 (PARAGRAPH 3) MR. TOUCHETTE SHOULD INFORM DOVER BY

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CABLE THAT HE IS WITHOUT FUNDS BUT HE WOULD PREFER THAT REMAINS OF HIS RELATIVES BE CREMATED OR WHATEVER ELSE HE MAY WISH. WHAT
EVER IS STATED IN THE CABLE MUST BE COVERED BY A SIGNED STATEMENT BY HIM TO THE EMBASSY.

VANCE [CYRUS VANCE, SECRETARY OF STATE]

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