Rep. Gary A. Condit’s attorney met with law enforcement officials yesterday to discuss the possibility of a fourth interview with the congressman about missing former intern Chandra Levy, a top D.C. police official said.
Abbe Lowell met with the officials at the FBI’s Washington Field Office to discuss the interview and the private polygraph Mr. Condit took a few weeks ago, Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer said.
Also yesterday, Mr. Condit, California Democrat, agreed to help the FBI create a profile of Miss Levy as law-enforcement seeks a fresh look at the 3-month-old disappearance of the former federal intern, according to sources familiar with the FBI’s contact with the congressman.
The sources, who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, said the congressmen’s session with a team of FBI profilers could occur as early as this week, depending on Mr. Condit’s schedule.
The sources said the FBI told Mr. Condit’s attorneys they intended to conduct the session without D.C. police present.
Agent Bradley Garrett, who specializes in drawn-out cases for the FBI’s Washington Field Office, arranged the profile session yesterday in discussions with Mr. Condit’s attorneys, the sources said.
Mr. Garrett indicated to Mr. Condit’s legal team that the FBI was taking a fresh look at Miss Levy’s disappearance, and that the profilers would seek information from Mr. Condit and others on where Miss Levy might have gone, who she might have seen or any reason she might have been vulnerable when she disappeared, the sources said.
D.C. police officials in recent days have been publicly pressing for Mr. Condit to talk to investigators a fourth time and submit to a lie-detector test administered by the FBI.
Mr. Lowell announced a few weeks ago that Mr. Condit has passed a lie-detector test, which Mr. Condit paid for, and answered without deception that he was not involved in Miss Levy’s disappearance nearly three months ago.
D.C. police officials, who were not aware of the private test, have said the polygraph data they received from Mr. Lowell were “useless” and “not credible.”
Yesterday’s meeting focused on “the need or value” of a fourth interview, Chief Gainer said, as well as the private polygraph.
“It was a wide-ranging conversation, but I can’t disclose the details,” Chief Gainer said.
Marina Ein, a publicist for Mr. Condit, yesterday told The Washington Times: “As we’ve said before, if the police or FBI have new matters they want to discuss, or additional areas to explore, we are prepared to cooperate in providing that information.”
After weeks of denials, Mr. Condit admitted to police in his third interview early this month that he and Miss Levy, 24, were lovers, law enforcement sources have told The Washington Times.
The California Democrat’s congressional district includes Miss Levy’s hometown of Modesto.
Investigators are seeking a fourth interview with Mr. Condit, 53, for a variety of reasons, law enforcement sources told The Times.
They want to ask him why he discarded a watch box in Alexandria a few hours before a team of forensic specialists searched his Adams Morgan apartment, the sources said. The box was traced back to a woman who said she gave it to Mr. Condit as a gift several years ago, the sources said.
They are also hoping his knowledge of Miss Levy can help them develop a profile of the woman, which could help investigators focus on one of the many theories behind her disappearance, the sources said.
Officers and cadets continued their search of parks and other wooded areas of the city yesterday in the hopes of finding clues about Miss Levy’s disappearance, Chief Gainer said.
He said detectives have to interview about 25 more persons in Miss Levy’s building at 1260 21st St. NW. The condominium complex has about 149 units, Chief Gainer said.
Miss Levy, a former intern at the Bureau of Prisons, has not been seen since April 30, when she canceled her membership at a nearby gym. She spent several hours in her apartment the next day, using her computer to look at Web sites about news, travel and a congressional committee of which Mr. Condit is a member.
She was due back in California for a graduation ceremony in early May. After her parents, Robert and Susan Levy, could not contact her for several days, they notified police. Detectives found her mostly packed luggage, wallet and identification in her apartment. Only her keys were missing.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.