Serial 2282

FBI Airtel

Date 8/16/79

TO: DIRECTOR, FBI (89-4286)
FROM: SAC, SAN FRANCISCO (89-250) (P) (SQ. 10)

In the course of the investigation, RYMUR, information developed the existence of a cave in Mendocino County alleged to contain People’s Temple documents, money, and/or firearms. Search conducted 4/10-13/79.

FBI coordinated with DOE and Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Livermore, California, which furnished sophisticated photographic monitoring equipment and heavy-duty two ton truck (no charge) to assist in search of cave located by the FBI in rural mountainous area currently being used as rangeland. Consent to search was obtained from owner and resulted in transporting truck to obscure area, negotiation of narrow dirt road, and necessitated crossing approximately 300 yards of range feeling land. Truck operated by DOE became stuck in mud and was required to be winched out. Range was also traveled by numerous 4-wheel drive vehicles necessary to search and to bring in timbers and other materials to site to be used to construct platform to facilitate search. Traffic caused considerable damage to rangeland and necessitated owner to have area leveled by heay-duty cat and reseeded.

On 8/14/79, owner of property, [name and address deleted], Redwood Valley, California, 95470, submitted receipts for correction of damage caused by search. Receipts include total of $221.30 for seed and fertilizer and $285.00 for 9 1/2 hours back hoe at $30 an hour. Back hoe includes heavy-duty cat and operator.

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At the time of search, [name deleted] furnished FBI consent to search which he signed with notation, “I would expect just compensation for any property damage which occurs during the execution of search.”

SA surveying damage feels receipts furnished by [name deleted] appear to be justified in this office recommends compensation requested in the amount of $506.30. Bureau is requested to authorize payment.

Armed and dangerous. Suicidal tendencies.