- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 2, 2001


Military investigators last night prepared to search for Chandra Levy's body at a parking lot under construction in Fort Lee, Va., after Metropolitan Police received an anonymous tip by way of a California-based Web site.

Police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said wetip.com received information that the missing former intern was buried in the parking lot. The Web site accepts anonymous tips from throughout the country and then distributes them to the appropriate authorities.

Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer said police requested the search after some information checked out.

"We called down there and confirmed obviously that there's a Fort Lee, Va., that there's construction and there's a parking lot," said Chief Gainer, the police department's No. 2 official.

"This is a little better than a tip like, 'I had a vision last night she is in dark water,'" the chief said. "There is more specificity. And it is geographically accurate. But that is not necessarily unusual."

Sgt. Gentile said no D.C. police detectives would be sent to Fort Lee, a 5,000-acre Army training base about 130 miles south of Washington and 30 miles south of Richmond. An FBI spokeswoman in Washington said no agents would be sent to the base.

Fort Lee military police officials yesterday were planning to assist local police with what authorities called a routine search. Searchers today are expected to use cadaver-sniffing dogs to try to locate Miss Levy's body.

Law enforcement officials said the tip, though very detailed, is one of hundreds of leads they are checking out in the search for the 24-year-old former government intern. Police recently ended a search of wooded areas and abandoned buildings in the District.

The last confirmed sighting of Miss Levy was April 30, but police have said she was likely to have been in her Dupont Circle NW apartment on May 1 and searching sites on the Internet.

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