Missing Intern's Parents Seek Congressman's Aid

By Petula Dvorak and Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, June 15, 2001

MODESTO, Calif. -- The parents of missing intern Chandra Levy urged U.S. Rep. Gary A. Condit to break his public silence yesterday, and spoke of the agony they have suffered since their daughter disappeared more than six weeks ago.

"I think he could come out and share what he does know. We would appreciate his help," Susan Levy said, referring to Condit.

The California Democrat has not commented publicly on Levy's disappearance since releasing a printed statement about a month ago in which he called Chandra Levy "a great person and a good friend." His aides have denied a romance between the two.

"I don't know what [Susan Levy] is referring to," Mike Lynch, Condit's chief of staff in his office in Modesto, said last night. "As far as I know, the police have said he's cooperated all along." He added: "Any speculation in the press [about any connection between Condit and Levy's disappearance] is sheer and utter nonsense."

Law enforcement sources cited by The Washington Post last week said Condit told D.C. police that Levy had spent the night at his Adams Morgan apartment. The congressman did not say whether the two were romantically involved, the sources said. They added that the missing intern had told a close relative that she was romantically involved with Condit.

Aides to the congressman and a lawyer representing him have denied that Condit told police that Levy spent the night. The relative -- who is not either of Levy's parents -- confirmed yesterday in an interview that Chandra Levy "confided in me she was having a relationship with Congressman Condit. She cared a lot about him."

On an extraordinary day in this high-profile missing persons case, the Levys pleaded to Condit on national television and D.C. police announced that they had asked a grand jury to subpoena records relating to Levy's disappearance.

In an interview with The Washington Post, the Levys said they do not want to dwell on any possible romantic relationship between their daughter and the congressman. But they said any new details investigators can learn might shed some light on their daughter's days before her disappearance. Police have said they have no suspects in the case -- and that they have no evidence of a crime.

Susan Levy said Chandra had spoken to her of a relationship in Washington without identifying the person. She said she learned the details from the relative and called her daughter in April and asked her if the man she had been seeing was Gary Condit.

"When I asked her that," according to Levy, "Chandra said, 'How did you know?' "

Susan Levy said that when she realized in early May that her daughter was not simply unreachable, but had gone missing, she called Condit, her hometown congressman, and asked him for help in finding her. At one point, she said she asked him if he was having an affair with her daughter, an intern for the Bureau of Prisons.

"He told me no, that their relationship was professional," Levy said.

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