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This is urgent: When an American disappears in a foreign country, even if it is obvious that the person is very likely dead, the State Department will not provide a presumptive death finding unless the family of the missing person first goes through the "local jurisdiction" - in Tiffany's case, Mexico. In my family's case, Honduras. This is cruel, costly, and unnecessary. Without a presumptive death finding, the family cannot claim life insurance or other benefits associated with the death of their loved one.
While we have the publicity of the Hartley case, please write to Hilary Clinton to demand that this policy be changed (she has the authority - no act of Congress is needed). Demand that your Senators do the same - we need them all on record.