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Chandra Levy

Chandra Levy (April 14, 1977 - 2001) was an intern who worked at the Bureau of Prisons[?] in Washington, DC and is notable for disappearing after having an affair with US Representative Gary Condit. On May 1, 2001 police said she disappeared and controversy surrounding her disappearance was the main topic of American news headlines for the months prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack and contributed to Condit's loss of his reelection bid.

Her parents, Dr. Robert and Susan Levy of Modesto, California held numerous vigils and news conferences in an attempt to "bring Chandra home". Congressman Condit, who is married and represented Levy's hometown, at first denied a relationship with Levy but later recanted this denial. Even though police repeatedly stated that Condit was not a suspect, many in the popular media along with Levy's family and much of the American public suspected that Condit was still hiding important information about the intern's disappearance. This suspicion was deepened when Condit tried to avoid answering direct questions during a televised interview with news anchor Connie Chung on August 23, 2001.

Washington Police Chief Charles Ramsey announced on May 22, 2002, that remains that match the dental records of Chandra Levy were found by a man who was walking his dog and looking for turtles in the Rock Creek Park near Levy's apartment in northwest Washington, DC. Police had previouly searched well over half the area of the 2000+ acre park, which was visited by Levy on many occasions, after determining that someone had used Levy's laptop computer to search for the park's Klingle Mansion on the day police think she vanished. Police stated that they had not searched this particular area before due to its remoteness. Her remains were found a mile north of the mansion and about four miles away from Levy's apartment. After a preliminary autopsy[?] was performed Washington police announced that there was sufficient evidence to begin a homicide investigation. Then on May 28 Washington DC's medical examiner officially declared that Levy's death was the result of homicide.

Police talked with Ingmar Guandeque, a Salvadorean national who is in prison for assaulting two women in the park. Both women were carrying Walkman radios, as was Levy. It is theorized that Guandeque is a serial killer who targeted women with radios because they are less likely to hear him approach, but as he was apprehended before killing more victims, this is not known. He has not been officially suspected of killing Levy; police are still analyzing evidence and will interview Guandeque again.



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