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« Reply #15 on: Apr 30th, 2005, 11:16pm »

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Joseph Cotchett, the Condit attorney, told CNN the real scandal is the number of young people who've gone missing in D.C.—five or six young women, including Chandra, near Dupont Circle alone. Citywide this year, 190 people over 19 and 253 under 19 are missing. Two years ago, Joyce Chiang, a former intern and INS attorney, disappeared in the early evening after going out for coffee not far from Levy's apartment. Twelve days later, her clothing was found in Anacostia, across the river from D.C., and six weeks later, her decomposed body was discovered floating in the Potomac.

Chandra's neighborhood has seen eight robberies since December, two of them at gunpoint. Police say a couple discovered fatally shot on Sunday was last seen leaving Lulu's Mardi Gras Club, a place around the corner from Levy's apartment billed as the nightspot where "Every day's a party." D.C. cops told The Washington Times they didn't know whether there was a connection between this double murder and Levy's disappearance, and said they could not investigate the killings since the only evidence was in Maryland.

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« Reply #16 on: Apr 30th, 2005, 11:25pm »


By Petula Dvorak and Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writers


Susan Levy is about to get back some of her daughter's belongings from police, small tokens from the young woman's life. But what she really wants are answers to a puzzle that police have yet to solve: Who killed Chandra Levy?

"In my case, every time there is someone missing, or a murder, I remember. I relive the trauma. It doesn't go away," she said during a telephone interview from her home in Modesto, Calif.

Four years ago today, federal intern Chandra Levy visited several Web sites, including those for Rock Creek Park, Baskin Robbins ice cream and Amtrak. Dressed in workout clothes, she then left her Northwest Washington apartment for the last time.

The 24-year-old's skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park by a man searching for turtles on May 22, 2002. Her leggings were knotted at the bottom of both ends, pointing to a possible sexual assault.

The mystery attracted international attention amid revelations that Levy was having an affair with her hometown congressman, Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.), who authorities say is not a suspect. Condit, who later lost a bid for reelection, has said he knows nothing about Levy's disappearance or death. He divides his time between California and Arizona, where he owns several ice cream parlors.

There have been few public signs of activity by FBI and police investigators assigned to the Levy case. It is classified as a "cold case" by D.C. police, but authorities said their investigation is ongoing. They are continuing to look at sexual offenders and other possible suspects, according to law enforcement sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case.

Condit's former bodyguard, Vince Flammini, who was interviewed by FBI investigators in the past year, said: "They showed me a picture of a guy I'd never seen before and asked me if I've ever seen this guy around Gary [Condit]. I couldn't help them. I didn't know the guy."

Steve Mandell, an attorney representing the Levy family, said relatives are planning to launch a Web site in about a month to create a depository for new tips in the case.

Mandell met recently with an FBI agent and an assistant U.S. attorney to discuss the case and retrieve some of Levy's possessions that had sentimental value to the family but were no longer needed in the investigation. He plans to return them to the family when he meets with the Levys this month.

"The case continues to be pursued," Mandell said. "I do feel that we're going to keep at it until it is resolved."

Condit and his wife, Carolyn, have settled three libel lawsuits filed against news organizations that they claimed defamed them while pursuing the story. The settlements came from suits against the National Enquirer and other supermarket tabloids and Vanity Fair columnist Dominick Dunne. The terms have not been disclosed.

Condit's attorney, L. Lin Wood, said the settlements provided Condit with "some sense of vindication." Wood said the former congressman will be cleared for good in the public's eye once the killer is captured.

An arrest is what Susan Levy hopes for every day. "I will never give up hope," she said.

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« Reply #17 on: May 21st, 2005, 11:01pm »

Thinking of Chandra on this date that she was found in 2002. Hoping that answers can be found for who did this to her.

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« Reply #18 on: May 1st, 2006, 8:11pm »

For Chandra on 5-1-06. Remembering her always.

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« Reply #19 on: May 1st, 2006, 8:12pm »

By Michael Doyle, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON — Susan Levy tried the tango.
She rides horses. She exercises, furiously. She sings her heart out; and still, with the dawn, all distractions fall away and she comes back to remembering.

"I wake up every morning," Susan said, "and the first thing I think is, 'my daughter isn't here.'"

Five years ago, on April 30, 2001, Chandra Levy was last seen in the nation's capital. Eventually, her skeletal remains were found in Washington's Rock Creek Park. Investigators say they have identified a "person of interest" as they search for suspects, and continue to conduct interviews, but her murder still defies solution.

What comes now are ghostly images that do not rest.

Such as when Susan Levy awakens, or when James Lau is rollerblading under the Southern California sun. Then it kicks in. Lau abruptly flashes on his grad school friend who was surprisingly deft on wheels.

"I'll be doing something that reminds me of her," Lau said, "and I get to thinking, and it just makes me sad."

Lau is now 31, working for a children's nonprofit organization in Santa Monica. He and others in Chandra's University of Southern California circle still socialize, although Lau noted that "we don't talk about her that much" anymore. So much has transpired since Levy was last seen: 9/11, the Iraq war, the political demise of her suspected paramour Gary Condit, and, for her old school chums, the arrival of a fully embodied adulthood that not everyone attains.

Everyone copes, in their own way. Chandra's father Bob, a Modesto oncologist, finds salvation in work. Susan Levy pursues different paths. After some fuzzy years that included pronounced depression and serious gall bladder surgery, she sounds on the rebound and ready for something good.

In Washington, investigators cope by not giving up. Captain C.V. Morris, commander of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department's violent crimes branch, said in an interview Friday that "we have a person of interest."

"It will take someone confessing they did it," FBI special agent Brad Garrett said in an interview, when asked what it will take to solve the crime.

And on the northernmost outskirts of Phoenix former Congressman Condit plays the hand he helped deal himself.

"He's fine," Condit's mother Jean insisted, while standing on her son's front doorstep.

Of course, it's more complicated than that. A lifelong officeholder who rose from Ceres mayor to 14-year congressman, Condit, now 56, is now publicly and politically neutered.

"The news media just crucified him," Condit's father Adrian said tearfully, "and they took away from him what he spent his whole life working for."

Condit, who is now engaged in several Arizona businesses, did not respond to multiple interview requests.

For investigators, too, life moves on but in complicated ways. Chandra Levy's murder is now only one of 150 unsolved Washington, D.C., homicides logged between Jan. 1, 2001, and March 24, 2006, and noted on the Washington Metropolitan Police Department's Web site.

"I don't believe they are any closer to solving it," said Terrance Gainer, formerly Washington, D.C.'s deputy police chief, and "the odds are getting worse as time goes on."

But Garrett challenges the notion that old crimes are harder to solve. For one thing: with most of the media hubbub gone, there are fewer distractions.


In hopes of dislodging something new, the Levy family recently began a new Web site that invites tips. The site, http://www.whokilledchandra.com, seeks "leads from sources not previously provided," said Steve Mandell , the Levy's Washington-based attorney.

Periodically, new theories arise and recede. A Guatemala native now in prison on charges of attacking two women in Washington's Rock Creek Park, Ingmar Guandique, once was targeted for polygraph tests in Levy's murder. Guandique is now serving a 10-year term at the high-security federal prison in Marion, Ill., which often houses problem inmates.

Termed "a predator" by federal prosecutors Guandique reportedly declined through his public defenders to take a second polygraph exam. Neither Morris nor Garrett would identify Guandique as the specific "person of interest," although he is clearly interesting to them.

"He's certainly a person who had a history in Rock Creek Park," Garrett said.


Raised in Modesto, Levy came to Washington in 2000 as part of her graduate school training in public affairs. She interned for the Bureau of Prisons. That October, at the age of 23, she came to know Condit. Once she disappeared, the exact nature of her relationship with the politician who was 30 years her senior incited intense speculation.

"We were friends," Condit told attorney Paul LiCalsi, during a September 2004 deposition.

"Did your relationship ever become a romantic relationship?" LiCalsi asked.
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« Reply #20 on: Feb 16th, 2011, 01:28am »

One of probably the most famous cold cases in recent history has been drawn to a close. A Washington D.C. Judge sentenced Chandra Levy's killer to sixty years behind bars. Levy was having an affair with Congressman Gary Condit when she went missing, but evidence pointed eventually to Guandique, who was duly convicted of the crime. The Salvadoran illegal immigrant was already convicted of attacking women in the very same area at the exact same time of Levy's disappearance.
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