Chandra Levy Ruled A Homicide Victim

By Sari Horwitz and Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writers
Wednesday, May 29, 2002

The D.C. medical examiner ruled yesterday that Chandra Levy's death was a homicide, and police said they would ask the FBI to examine clothes and other items found near her remains for clues to how she was killed and who did it.

Jonathan L. Arden, announcing his ruling at a news conference outside the medical examiner's office, said he was unable to determine from the skeletal remains found in Rock Creek Park precisely how Levy died.

"It is possible we will never know the specific injury that caused her death," Arden said.

Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey vowed to continue investigating the case until police find out who killed the 24-year-old former federal intern.

"We are one of the best police agencies in the world and we will solve this case, I guarantee you that," he said. "We're not going to stop whether it's a day from now or 10 years from now."

Ramsey said police will send Levy's clothing and other items found in the park to the FBI laboratory in Quantico for tests. He said officers also will review the cases of people arrested in connection with other crimes in the park.

As the Levy family held a memorial service for her in Modesto, Calif., yesterday, investigators huddled to decide how to proceed with what is now a homicide case.

Law enforcement sources said the investigators will reinterview several people they spoke to last year after Levy's disappearance, including Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.) and prison inmate Ingmar Guandique.

Condit, 54, who is married, has told police he was having an affair with Levy. Guandique, 20, was convicted of assaulting two women with a knife last year in Rock Creek Park about the time Levy vanished and not far from where her remains were found.

Law enforcement sources said yesterday that police strongly discounted Guandique as a suspect after interviewing him last year -- and after he passed a polygraph test.

D.C. Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer would not comment on Guandique or on the polygraph test. But he said investigators will talk to everybody they interviewed before.

"We have new and different information that I think warrants a rescrub of everyone," Gainer said.

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