Serial 753
Dec 5, 78 • 1619 • Bridgetown-Georgetown • 3556

[Editor’s note: This is a State Department cable that was included in the FBI’s 2009 RYMUR release of documents under the Freedom of Information Act. It was not included in the State Department’s own release, but we have included identifying information for it using the agency’s designations.

[There is some confusion with this cable, however, since a cable on the same subject and with the same references as Serial 752, appears at https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978BRIDGE03556_d.html. The text of that cable is in all capital letters below.]

UNCLASSIFIED FBB 179

[Listing of agencies receiving informational copies on pdf]

0 051619Z DEC 78
FM AMEMBASSY BRIDGETOWN
TO DOVER AFB DELAWARE PRIORITY
INFO SECSTATE WASHDC 6864
AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN
UNCLAS BRIDGETOWN 3556
E.O. 12065: N/A
TAGS: CDES
SUBJECT: Disposition of Touchette remains
REF: A. State 303200, B. State 304542
REF: State 305018

1. Charles Touchette, who is presently in Bridgetown where he arrived November 28 across the Albatross III, has asked for any available information regarding the well-being of his son, Michael. Touchette is here without funds awaiting the offloading of cargo from the Albatross III which is expected to depart for Port of Spain not earlier than December 8 according to agents, Eric Hassell and sons. Touchette plans to remain with vessel at least until it returns to Port of Spain.

Ortiz [Francis Vincent Ortiz, Jr.]

Unclassified

[Editor’s note: Second cable]

1. MR. TOUCHETTE APPEARED AT EMBASSY MORNING OF DECEMBER 5 AFTER ATTEMPTS TO REACH HIM DECEMBER FAILED. HE ASKS THAT THE REMAINS OF HIS WIFE, CAROL JOYCE TOUCHETTE, SON ALBERT TOUCHETTE, AND DAUGHTER, MICHELLE ELAINE TOUCHETTE BE INTERRED ALONG WITH THOSE MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLES’ TEMPLE WHO WERE RECOVERED FROM JONESTOWN BUT WHO REMAIN UNIDENTIFIABLE.

2. HE STATES THAT HE IS WITHOUT FUNDS.

3. ABOVE HAS BEEN PREPARED IN SIGNED STATEMENT WHICH WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE FOR APPROPRIATE DISTRUBITION.

ORTIZ

UNCLASSIFIED

NNN

Originally posted on May 3rd, 2019.

Last modified on July 1st, 2022.
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