[Editor’s note: The State Department FOIA release of 1981 withheld all names associated with the relatives of a minor Peoples Temple member from this cable. Several are known to the editor, and they are denoted below in red type.]
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P 202233Z DEC 77
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
LIMITED OFFICIAL USE STATE 303126
E. O. 11652: N/A
TAGS: CASC [Dana Griffith [Truss]]
SUBJECT: W/W [Dana Griffith [Truss]]
1. [Carnella [Truss] Griffith] telephoned Department requesting assistance in [illegible word] return of her child [Dana Griffith [Truss]] from Peoples Temple, Guyana. [Carnella [Truss] Griffith] states that she is divorced from husband, has sole custody of child, and that neither she nor her ex-husband applied for passport or gave permission for child to go to Guyana. She is sending copy of divorce/custody decree to Department for forwarding. [Carnella [Truss] Griffith] states daughter taken to Jonestown by grandmother [Mary Griffith] (subject airtel) against parents wishes and without parental permission in June, 1977.
2. Post requested take all appropriate action to bring the case to attention of local authorities and request
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assistance in having child returned at once to US. Whether we be reached at [address and telephone number deleted].
3. Keep Department informed of efforts/results.