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Response from Department of State in January 2020

· US State Department

This is when we realized that the authorities in Anguilla were not communicating with the appropriate US government department. They had only been communicating with the Department of State and not the Department of Justice. Once we were able to direct the Anguillan authorities to instead communicate with the Department of Justice, then the MLAT request was made March 18, 2020.

From: "Wonsyld, Risa" <>
Subject: Re: Debanee MacPherson (brother's death in Anguilla) case file
Date: February 10, 2020 at 1:01:43 PM PST
Good afternoon,

Here is the second response from the Department of State:

Unfortunately, as stated previously, it is not within the Department of State’s authority to compel U.S. citizens to return to a foreign country for a coroner’s inquest. We have reached out to our colleagues from the Department of Justice and are awaiting any further information that they may have on any requests made by Anguillan authorities. We will provide you an update once we hear back from our colleagues at the Department of Justice.

We will let you know when we hear back from them.


Risa Wonsyld
US Congressman Greg Walden
14 N. Central Ave Suite 112
Medford, OR 97501
541-490-0330 cell
541-779-0204 fax