An America relief worker Craig Oliver says he saw Caucasians being marched in the Thailand, Laos and Cambodia region. He snapped a photo but couldn't make out the men clearly. He sent the photo to the DIA, they DIA never sent the photo back. A UNICEF worker was flying over Laos also in 1981, she a saw a number of white men working on a road, she was told they were Americans left from the war (7 ).
According to a North Vietnamese documents, they held 1,205 American POW in 1972 (8 ).
North Vietnamese captured 80 percent Americans soldiers in Laos or detained in areas under their power (9 ). What happened to these people?
Two officials of the Nixon Administration, the administration that brokered the peace deal in South East Asia believe prisoners of War were left in South East Asia when the USA Pulled out in 1973. Former Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger said about the prospect of leaving Americans behind "As of now, I can come to no other conclusion," and "I have a high-probability assessment that people were left behind in Laos," and also "and a medium-probability assessment with regard to Vietnam." (10 ).
Nixon Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird said the best intelligence in 1973 said 20 Americans were held in Laos. Only nine service personnel that were captured in Laos were retuned during operation home coming(11 ).
Satellite imagery showed distress and authenticator codes tied to specific service personnel(12 ).
The Nixon, Ford and Carter administration made efforts to make the MIA issue go away. One method was to declare them all dead. This procedure has been in use since World War II. If they are missing nothing is heard from them in a year they are presumed dead. During Korea if they heard nothing from a man in 100 days they would make a 'presumptive finding of death' (13 ).