Murray Meets with Kennewick Woman Searching for Vietnam Era Pilot's Remains

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) met with Terri Francisco-Farrell of Kennewick, who, after learning of the circumstances surrounding her brother’s death during the Vietnam War, has been trying to have his remains brought home for burial in the United States. Her brother, Air Force Major San D. Francisco, was shot down over Vietnam in November of 1968, but his remains, which U.S. and Vietnamese officials believe are located at a site in the Quanf Binh province, have not yet been recovered.

“We owe it to Terri and her family to do everything we can to bring her brother’s remains home after all these years,” Senator Murray said. “My office and I have been working with Terri and her family on this case for several years now, and I will continue to fight on her behalf until Major Francisco is finally brought home.”

Today, Sen. Murray urged top U.S. Department of Defense officials to expedite the time-sensitive mission to bring Major Francisco’s remains back to the United States. The programs in charge of missions to recover the remains of U.S. military personnel, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), are currently in the process of being consolidated, and Sen. Murray’s letter was sent to the official overseeing the JPAC/DPMO consolidation. Ms. Francisco-Farrell is concerned that consolidation will further delay the search for her brother’s remains. In June of 2012, Senator Murray sent a letter on behalf of Ms. Francisco-Farrell to Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command enquiring into the ongoing efforts to recover Major Francisco.