Nov 22, 78 • 1500 • State-Georgetown • 295786 (SITREP 13)

[Editor’s notes: The full text of this text was taken from https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/1978STATE295786_d.html.

[This document appears as Serial 472 in the FBI RYMUR release and as State
Department cable 295786
in the State Department release.]

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STATE 295786 TOSEC 130009
ORIGIN ARA-15
INFO OCT-01 ISO-00 SCS-06 CA-01 SS-15 SSO-00 CCO-00 /038 R
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O 221500Z NOV 78 ZFF4
FM SECSTATE WASHDC
TO AMEMBASSY GEORGETOWN IMMEDIATE
USDEL SECRETARY IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY PANAMA IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY CARACAS IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY PORT OF SPAIN IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY LONDON IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY PARAMARIBO IMMEDIATE
AMEMBASSY KUWAIT IMMEDIATE
CINCSOUTHCOM QUARRY HTS CANAL ZONE IMMEDIATE
CINCMAC SCOTT AFB IL IMMEDIATE
USRECCOM/RCJ2 MACDILL AFS FL IMMEDIATE
USCINCARRED FT MCPHERSON GA IMMEDIATE
CDR 18TH AIRBORNE CORPS FT BRAGG NC IMMEDIATE
USICINCEUR VAIHINGEN GE ATTN J
C O N F I D E N T I A L STATE 295786 TOSEC 130009
LONDON FOR MICHAEL FINLEY, TOKYO FOR SENATOR HAYAKAWA

E.O. 11652: GDS
TAGS: CASC, OREP, (RYAN, LEO), GY
SUBJECT: SITUATION REPORT NO. 13

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REF: STATE 295682 AND PREVIOUS

1. THE MAJORITY (28 MEN) OF THE GRAVES REGISTRATION/BODY RECOVERY UNIT ARRIVED IN GEORGETOWN DURING THE NIGHT AND 19 ARE NOW IN JONESTOWN. THE MOVEMENT OF MEN AND MATERIAL TO JONESTOWN AND MATTHEWS RIDGE IS BEING ACCOMPLISHED BY THE THREE U.S. AIRCRAFT CURRENTLY OPERATIONAL IN COUNTRY (ONE UH-1H, ONE OH-58 AND ONE U-21) AND GUYANESE DEFENSE FORCE AIRCRAFT. REFLECTING YET ANOTHER DELAY, THE THREE HH-53 HEAVY HELICOPTERS ARE NOW DUE TO ARRIVE IN GEORGETOWN AT 1300 EST. RESTED CREWS WILL BE IN PLACE AND THE AIRCRAFT CAN BE PUT IN IMMEDIATE SERVICE.

2. FOUR ADDITIONAL HUEY HELICOPTERS ARE ON THE WAY; THE FIRST TWO ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN GEORGETOWN AT 0920 EST. THE SECOND TWO WILL BE AIRLIFTED TO GUYANA LATER TODAY.

3. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 206 U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL IN COUNTRY AND THERE WILL BE 300-350 BY THE END OF THE DAY.

4. THE FIRST NINETY-SIX CASES FOR BODY TRANSFER (BOXES SUITABLE FOR STACKING DURING SHIPMENT) WILL BE SENT FROM RICHMOND AT 0900 THIS MORNING AND WILL BE IN GUYANA IN TIME FOR THE FIRST BODIES TO BE PREPARED AND READY FOR SHIPMENT BY 1630 EST. THE BODIES WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO DOVER AFB DELAWARE.

5. OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FOUR BODIES THUS FAR IDENTIFIED BY GUYANESE AUTHORITIES, WE HAVE NO NEXT OF KIN INFORMATION ON SEVENTY-THREE. WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO ASCERTAIN NEXT OF KIN THROUGH PASSPORT RECORDS AND INQUIRIES. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF NOTIFYING NEXT OF KIN

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IN THE OTHER CASES.

6. EMBASSY GEORGETOWN WAS UNOFFICIALLY INFORMED LAST EVENING THAT LARRY LAYTON WILL BE ARRAIGNED BY GUYANESE AUTHORITIES TODAY AND CHARGED WITH MURDER, ATTEMPTED MURDER AND RELATED CHARGES. THREE OTHER PEOPLE’S TEMPLE MEMBERS, TIMOTHY AND MICHAEL CARTER AND MICHAEL PROKES, HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO THE “LOCK UP” IN GEORGETOWN AND MAY ALSO BE CHARGED. ALL KNOWN SURVIVORS FROM JONESTOWN ARE NOW IN GEORGETOWN WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO IS IN PORT KAITUMA AWAITING TRANSPORTATION.

CHRISTOPHER

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Originally posted on March 2nd, 2020.

Last modified on March 30th, 2021.
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