Serial 867

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
COMMUNICATION MESSAGE FORM

DATE: 12/6/78
CLASSIFICATION: UNCLAS E F T O
PRECEDENCE: IMMEDIATE

FM DIRECTOR FBI
TO Y17/SECRETARY OF STATE
Y4 DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE (AFOSI)
ATTN: JUDGE ADVOCATE, DOVER AIR FORCE BASE AND ARMED FORCES INSTITUTE OF PATHOLOGY
Y2/ DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
ATTN: MR. MIKE ABBELL
BT
UNCLAS E F T O

REQUEST FOR AUTOPSIES ON JONESTOWN VICTIMS BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Re FBI HQ teletype dated December 5, 1978.

You were previously advised in referenced teletype that written permission had been obtained to autopsy the remains of Maria Katsaris.

On December 6, 1978, Ezra L. Schacht, father of Dr. Larry Schacht, executed release allowing physicians in attendance at

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Dover Air Force Base, Dover Delaware, to perform a complete autopsy on the remainder of Dr. Larry Schacht. The original of this release form will be forwarded to the Baltimore FBI office and thereafter provided appropriate officials at Dover Air Force Base.

When available, additional autopsy release information will be provided to you.

For information Dover Air Force Base, Colonel Cowen [William Cowan], Mrs. Rebecca McGee, nee Moore, a Washington, D.C., sister of identified deceased victims Ann Elizabeth Moore and Carolyn Louise Moore Layton, has this date requested through Department of Justice and FBI HQ that autopsies be performed on the remains of her sisters. She advises she has forwarded a telegram this date to Dover Air Force Base authorizing release of the remains of her sisters from Dover facilities. She requests however, that autopsies be performed. As this request is consistent with desire of Department of Justice per FBI HQ telephone call to Colonel Cowan, written consent of parents of Ann Moore and Carolyn Layton, Jack [John] and Barbara Moore Reno, Nevada, will be attained and forwarded to Dover Air Force Base. We also under-

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stand that Mr. and Mrs. Moore will withdraw their request to have an independent pathologist present during these autopsies.

Dover Air Force Base requested to pass along information to Messrs. [Name deleted] and [name deleted] of the U.S. State Department on assignment your location.

BT

Originally posted on May 3rd, 2019.

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