CABLE RE NEW DEVELOPMENTS TO REPORT ON THE DISAPPEARANCE OF GRIFFITH AND NICHOL

Created: 5/1/1985

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NEITHER GUATEMALA CITY Ml KCiliWHAD AS Of 10

HAY ANY NEW DEVELOPMENTS TO REPORT ON TKEAKO NICHOLAS

ONPRIL CARLOSA FRIEND OF 3LA.KE AND OWNERHALL HOTEL IN ANTIGUA, REPORTED THAT HE HAD RECEIVEO THROUGH THE GUATEMALAN POSTALARD FROH SLAKE STATING HE WAS ALIVE AND WELL. ALTHOUGH AVILES CLAIK5 THE CARD VAS LEGATE BECAUSEORD USED WHICH VAS KKOWM ONLY TO BLAKE AMD AVILES, THE LATTER DID NOT SHOW THE CARD TO EMBASSY OFFICERS AS HE WAS ASKED TO DO. RIVATE INVESTIGATOR HIREO BY THE FAMILIES OF THEG PERSONS REPORTED THAT AVILES HAD "BURNED" THE CARD FOR UNSPECIFIED REASONS. THE PRIVATE INVESTICATOR ALSO STATED THAT HE WASERTAIN THATANS WERE BE INC HELDUATEMALAN INSURCENT ORGANIZATION.

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BLAKE AND OAVIS VERE LAST SEEN ONRARCH IN THE VILLAGE OF LLANO, EL QUICHE, NEAR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUEHUETENANGO IN THE WESTERN HIGHLANDS. OESPITE WARNINGS FROM THE LOCAL ARMY DETACHMENT COMMANDER THAT THERE WERE GUERRILLA ARMY OF THE POOR (EGP) GUERRILLA UNITS EH THE AREA, BLAKE AND OAVIS DECO CONTINUE ON THEIR OWN AND ON FOOT TO SALQUILOUTE TriAT IS'NOT NORMALLY PATROLLED BY THE.ARMY. THERE HAS BEEN NO KNOW CONTACT WITH THEM SINCE.

PRIL. THE COMMANDER OF MILITARY ZONE 20

QUICHE),

RELATIVES OF THE HI55INC AMERICANS. AFTER BR ISfiNG THOSE PRESENT, INCLUDING AN EMBASSY OFFICER, fltfB STATED THAT IH HIS VIEV BLAKE AND DAVIS HAD MADE THE MISTAKE CF_ 8SLIEVINC THAT THE (EGP) WAS LIKE THE GUERRILLAS OF EL SALVADOR.t POINTED C'JT THAT THE EG? UNITS IN HIS AHZ'- CONSIST KOSTLY OF INDIANSOT SrZiKEE THE IMPORTANCE OF TKE PRESS TO THEIR CAvJSE ANt, HAVE itfJ fUCOCTPtS'ATEO TO

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REPORTED THAT DESPITE PERSISTENT EFFORTS ON THE PART OF ARMY UNITS UNDER HIS COMMAND TO LOCATE THE TWO AMERICANS, NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION HAD BEEN ACQUIRED ON THEIR WHEREABOUTS.

AT THIS POINT WE ARE INCLINED TO SHARE VIEWS, AS STATEDVE, ON THE FATE OFO DA7IS. THE EC?ARD-CORE GUERRILLA ORGANIZATION WHOSE LEADERSHIP IS DIVIDED AND APPEARS TOOSU-'G, ACCORDIHC TO ARMY REPORTS, THE SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL POPULACE THAT IT ONCE ENJOYED. UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE GUATEMALAN ARMY, THE EC? UNITS IK EL QUICHE ARE CONSTANTLY ON THE MOVE ANO REPORTEDLYOLID LXISTICS INFRASTRUCTURE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL. IT THEREFORE FOLLOWS THAT WITHOUT CCOO COMMAND AND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS WITH HICHER HQS, AND PRESSED FOR TIME, THE LOCAL ECP UNIT COMMANDER MOST LIKELYEO THEN AND TrtiaZ THE FATE CF THE .TWO AMERICAN'S tS^HMiBI BELIEVES.

: Guatemalan army, nor

OB EMBASSY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ESTABLISH SOELIABLE HEV LEAD THAT WOULO SKEO SOKE LIGHT OKTO THE CURRENT WHSREASOUTS OF BLAXE AMD DAVIS. THERE STILL RE MATHS THE POSSiaiLirY, HOWEVER REMOTE, THAT THEY MAYLIVE IH EG? HANDS. 3UT VE JUST DO

HOT KNOW AT THIS TIME. HQS HAY ASSURE BROTHER OF HISSING

AMERICAN THAT STATIQW WILL CO-TtNUT, TOtVBflB

until such tike as this case is

CLARIFIED BEYOND REASONA3LE COU3T. WE WILL AOVISE HQS IMMEDIATELY SHOULD FURTHER RELIA3LE INFORMATION REACH OUR HANDS.

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