It appears that there is a new revision to the Foreign Affairs Manual. The circular on Hostage Taking and Kidnappings shows a revision date of June 29, 2012.
7 FAM 1820 HOSTAGE TAKING AND KIDNAPPINGS (PDF) 17 pages
U.S. Department of State
Foreign Affairs Manual
Volume 7 - Consular Affairs
I feel so cynical. The guidance was a complete failure when Kirk von Ackermann disappeared.
The Office of Casualty Assistance is the primary point of contact in the Department for assistance to families and victims in these cases.They never even assigned a case officer.