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article imagePolice Close to Making Arrest in Chandra Levy Murder Case

By Sandy Sand     Feb 22, 2009 in Crime
In May it will be eight years since Washington D.C. intern Chandra Levy disappeared in 2001. Her body was found a year later in a remote part of Rock Creek Park in D.C.
Mystery and scandal surrounded her disappearance and her romantic link to then California Congressman Gary Condit, which effectively ended his political career.
Except for rumors in the press and among TV’s talking heads that Condit must have dun it, to cover up their affair, the case went cold almost immediately.
There were no witnesses to Levy’s disappearance, no clues, no DNA. Condit confessed to police about the affair and police eliminated him as a suspect.
News reports began surfacing late Friday that the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C., following up on evidence submitted by police, were seeking an arrest warrant for Ingmar Guandique, a long-time suspect in Levy's murder.
Guandique, a 27-year-old Salvadoran, who is serving a 10-year sentence for attacking two female joggers in Rock Creek Park, the same park Levy had been jogging in when she disappeared.
Levy’s parents, Robert and Susan Levy, live in Modesto, California.
"I think they have some new evidence, but I don't know what it is," Robert Levy said in an interview. "We think it is the same person" convicted in the similar assaults, he said in a reference to Guandique. The couple "thought that a few years ago," he said.
Susan Levy said the news was welcome but it will never bring back her only daughter.
"I was excited at first because it's been seven, eight years and there's no answer. We want answers, we want judgment," Levy said. "But it's a bittersweet excitement. . . . Why did it even have to happen?"
Cathy Lanier, Washington, D.C. chief of police, said her department had no information on the case to release.
"This case generated numerous bits of information, which we continue to follow up on," she said in a statement.
In addition, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office would not comment, as his office is still in the process of gathering information and evidence to submit to prosecutors.
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