Reagan Library: Moreau family letter regarding Kimberly Ann Moreau

Robert Delaware filed this request with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library of the United States of America.
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From: Robert Delaware

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All correspondence sent to President Reagan from the family of Kimberly Ann Moreau. Ms. Moreau went missing from the small town of Jay, Maine in May of 1986. There should be in the archive of the Reagan library a letter sent by a Mrs. Patricia Moreau to President Reagan regarding the disappearance. This request is for the release of this letter, as well as any correspondence in reply, along with any internal documents regarding the drafting of a response.

According to a podcast I just listened to, the frustrated Moreau family wrote a letter to President Reagan regarding disappearance of their daughter, specifically mentioning complaints they had regarding the reaction of local, state and federal law enforcement to a missing person who was at the time deemed a runaway.

Here's a link to the podcast:

The mention of the letter can be heard around the 27:43 mark of the podcast. It is implied in the podcast that the letter was sent at least 4 months after the disappearance.

Thank you for searching for this correspondence.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Robert Delaware

From: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: Robert Delaware

Dear Shelly Williams-

Hello. My name is Robert "Robby" Delaware. I am sending this e-mail in regards to a FOIA request that I filed with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

You can read that request, here:

I was given a tracking number of #2018-029/1. This request was for the release of correspondence to President Reagan from the family of a missing and presumed deceased woman from Maine. While I appreciate the prompt reply from the Reagan Library, I am a bit confused about the response I received back. The response back said that a search failed to locate any relevant records. The response also said that the library does not consider this a denial.

I am curious about a few things, and would appreciate some guidance.

I have looked through various FY FOIA request logs from many of the Presidential libraries. I know that FOIA requests for correspondence sent by members of the public to Presidential administrations are not uncommon FOIA requests. I am curious to know if there is no point in even filing requests such as these, especially if the filing system currently in place makes the search for such records impossible.

I am also curious to know if a more thorough search would be undertaken, if I were to declare (either in a physical letter or via e-mail) that I consider this request a denial.

I am interested in missing and unidentified persons cases, and this was a rare instance where a prominent missing person case had a connection to documents that could be applicable to the FOIA statue were being held by a Presidential library.

Thank you for taking the time to read my original request, and I look forward to a response.

-Robby Delaware

From: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Dr. Mr. Delaware,

As your letter dated August 8, 2018 stated "we completed the search for
records within our collections for the two names that you requested,
Kimberly Ann Moreau and Patricia Moreau. We did not have any folders or
databases entries for the specific names that you requested. Please be
aware we are unable to search on an item level." Based on this you may
wish to file a FOIA request for a broader topic such as missing persons
that may have the information that you are seeking within the responsive
folders. Unfortunately we do not have the ability to search for item level
documents, we are subject to the way in which the creator of the collection
has filed their information. Please let me know if you have any further


Shelly Williams
Reagan Library
Archivist/FOIA Coordinator
phone: 805-577-4012