After Two Years, Levy Case Remains Open

By Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 1, 2003

Investigators in the Chandra Levy homicide case are continuing to look into the possibility that she was killed by a sexual predator in Rock Creek Park and are focusing on a few dozen sex offenders, including some in prison, law enforcement sources said.

Today, exactly two years after the 24-year-old vanished, investigators are still seeking clues. They have eliminated "several dozen" predators as potential suspects but still have plenty more on a list of offenders who were in the Washington area on May 1, 2001, including Ingmar Guandique, who was convicted of attacking two joggers in the park, the sources said.

"We still don't have any breaks in the case, but it's being worked," said D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, who declined to discuss specifics. "It's going to take a break. Eventually, we'll get a break. You never give up."

Levy's parents, Robert and Susan Levy, still hold out hope of an arrest in a case that once commanded international attention. The Levys live in Modesto, Calif., and Susan Levy said she "felt the cosmic connection" to another highly publicized case: the slaying of Laci Peterson, 27, the substitute teacher who vanished from her Modesto home in December.

Both Chandra Levy and Laci Peterson were vibrant, attractive young women who mysteriously disappeared. Peterson's body was found in San Francisco Bay on April 14, what would have been Levy's 26th birthday. Peterson's husband has been charged with murder.

"What happened to Laci Peterson has hit me very, very, very hard . . . especially when it was on my daughter's birthday that they found her," Susan Levy said in an interview.

Chandra Levy vanished shortly after completing an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Washington and just before she planned to move back to Modesto.

The last confirmed sighting of Levy came April 30, 2001, the night she canceled her membership at a gym on Connecticut Avenue NW, several blocks from her apartment.

Levy's skeletal remains were found May 22, 2002, in Rock Creek Park in a hilly, heavily wooded area along Broad Branch Road NW. Her leggings were knotted at the bottom of both ends, leading some authorities to suspect that she may have been restrained and sexually assaulted.

The case attracted international attention after revelations that Levy was having an affair with then-Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.), who represented her home town. From the start, Condit denied involvement in her disappearance, and authorities have said they have no evidence otherwise.

Sources said authorities remain interested in Guandique, 21, who is serving a 10-year federal prison term for attacking two female joggers at knifepoint in Rock Creek Park within weeks after Levy disappeared. Both joggers escaped unharmed.

Guandique and his lawyer have said he had nothing to do with Levy's death.

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