Stoen correspondence with State, Embassy, March 1978

[Letterhead of Timothy Oliver Stoen, San Francisco, California]

March 3, 1978

Ms. Elizabeth Powers
Special Consular Services
Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20520

Regarding: John Victor Stoen

Dear Ms. Powers:

Thank you for your concern about the welfare of John Victor Stoen.

Enclosed you will find the following:

1. A letter from me to the US Embassy in Guyana containing the notarized and original signatures of Grace Lucy Stoen and myself regarding: “John Victor Stoen – Notarized Request for Repatriation and Authorization to Incur Expenses.”

2. Copy of a letter to the US Embassy in Guyana transmitting a prepaid airline ticket for John Victor Stoen from Guyana to San Francisco.

I would be most grateful if you would examine the terms of the repatriation request to make sure it is adequate by State Department standards to permit the return of my son should he be brought to the Embassy in Guyana. If it is adequate, I would be very appreciative if you would communicate your views to the Embassy in Guyana.

I have sent you an “original” of the repatriation request to make double sure that the proper authorization can be quickly tracked should John be brought to the Embassy.

Again, please accept the thanks of Grace and myself for a high degree of professionalism.

Sincerely,
/s/ Timothy Oliver Stoen
Timothy Oliver Stoen

Enc. 2 letters

P.S. The original for each of the above letters has been sent to Guyana by diplomatic pouch through the courtesy of Representative Paul N. McCloskey, Jr. Thanks.

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[Letterhead of Timothy Oliver Stoen, San Francisco, California]

March 2, 1978

Embassy of the United States of America
Georgetown, Guyana, South America

Attention: Richard McCoy
Regarding: John Victor Stoen – Notarized Request for Repatriation and Authorization to Incur Expenses

Dear Sir:

We, TIMOTHY OLIVER STOEN and GRACE LUCY STOEN, are the legal parents of JOHN VICTOR STOEN, a six year old minor now being illegally held in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana by a Reverend Jim Jones in direct violation of a California Superior Court order dated November 18, 1977 ordering Jones to “immediately deliver the minor, JOHN VICTOR STOEN” to us. A certified copy of said order is attached.

The United States government is hereby authorized and requested to issue send minor a passport and to provide said minor both asylum and immediate transportation by air to San Francisco International Airport (San Francisco, California, USA) in the event any person appears with said minor in his or her physical custody. You are authorized to do the same for any person or persons who appear with said minor in their custody.

You are authorized to incur any and all reasonably-related expenses and to take any and all actions reasonably necessary to repatriate said minor to us.

We hereby promise, jointly and severally, to repay the United States government for any and all expenses incurred pursuant to this authorization.

We will be grateful beyond words for your cooperation in helping to enforce the aforesaid valid United States court order.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Timothy Oliver Stoen
Timothy Oliver Stoen

/s/ Grace Lucy Stoen
Grace Lucy Stoen

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[Page 3 is a notarized seal accompanying this letter. Pages 4-6 comprise the court order of November 18, 1977.]

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[Letterhead of Timothy Oliver Stoen, San Francisco, California]

March 2, 1978

Embassy of the United States of America
Georgetown, Cooperative Republic of Guyana
South America

Attention: Richard McCoy
Regarding: John Victor Stoen – Airline Ticket

Dear Sirs:

By separate letter you will be receiving from me a letter on the subject “John Victor Stoen – Notarized Request for Repatriation and Authorization to Incur Expenses.” If for some reason it does not arrive, please let me know.

Enclosed you will find a fully prepaid airline ticket for John Victor Stoen from Georgetown, Guyana to San Francisco, California via New York. It was issued by Pan American Airways in Georgetown, Guyana. Although ink has been spilled on it, I have shown it to the Pan-American office here in San Francisco and been assured that it is valid and will be honored as is.

Thank you for your concern about the welfare of our son.

Sincerely,
/s/ Timothy Oliver Stoen
Timothy Oliver Stoen

CC: Elizabeth Powers, Department of State
Enc: One air ticket

PS It is my understanding you have now in your possession a valid United States passport for John Victor Stoen which may be used authorize his exit from Guyana and entrance into the United States. If I’m wrong, please advise. Thank you.

Originally posted on June 17th, 2020.

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