- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 8, 2001

D.C. police said yesterday that after a third meeting with Rep. Gary A. Condit, they are satisfied with what they know about the nature of his relationship with missing intern Chandra Ann Levy.
"We understand the nature of the relationship … We are comfortable with what we have learned," said Terrance W. Gainer, executive assistant police chief, at a news conference outside D.C. police headquarters yesterday evening.
Chief Gainer declined to comment on the nature of the relationship. He stressed, however, that police do not consider Mr. Condit, California Democrat, was not under criminal investigation. "I don't believe he had anything to do with her disappearance," he said.
He also said that the information they had gathered from Friday's meeting with Mr. Condit "doesn't lead us to where Chandra Levy is."
Attempts to reach Mr. Condit and his lawyer last night were unsuccessful.
The FBI were present at Friday's meeting, which took place in a "nonpolice setting," Chief Gainer said. He described the 1 1-1/2 hour meeting as "productive," and he added that it could be the last time they questioned Mr. Condit.
Mr. Condit, his wife, Carolyn Condit, and his attorney would continue to cooperate with the police, Chief Gainer said.
"He answered every question we put to him and clarified issues we needed more information about," Chief Gainer said.
Mrs. Condit, who has also been interviewed by the police, was not present during the interview.
"Every time we pick up some information, something else subtracts" from what the police already have, Chief Gainer said.
Prior to yesterday's news conference, Chief Gainer refuted a published report that a federal grand jury would be empaneled to investigate Miss Levy's disappearance.
Chief Gainer said yesterday's report in the San Francisco Chronicle was "incorrect."
The Chronicle reported yesterday that a federal grand jury will investigate the Levy case and would likely take testimony from Mr. Condit, 53, whose relationship with Miss Levy, 24, has piqued media curiosity.
Mr. Condit, whose congressional district includes Miss Levy's hometown of Modesto, Calif., has said through spokesmen that he is a friend of the missing intern, but his public silence on the matter has evoked speculation.
In a brief interview with the Associated Press, Chief Gainer said there is no change in the status of the investigation, which is being handled as a missing persons case a noncriminal matter. At the news conference, he said police would explore theories that Miss Levy could be a victim of foul play, have committed suicide, be in hiding or be a street person suffering from amnesia.
The news conference wrapped up a week of news reports that focused more on the congressman than the search for Miss Levy, which included police rooting through local landfills with cadaver-sniffing dogs.
In a written statement Friday, Miss Levy's aunt, Linda Zamsky, accused Mr. Condit of a "lack of candor" in her niece's disappearance and called on him to divulge all he knows about her whereabouts before she vanished.
She said she had spoken often with Miss Levy before she was last seen in the District on April 30, noting that her niece "was upbeat and full of life. There was absolutely no indication that she was upset. No one in her family believes that she committed suicide."
Her statement was issued by the D.C. law firm of Dyer, Ellis and Joseph, where Billy Martin practices. Mr. Martin is the local attorney hired last month by Miss Levy's parents, who reside in Modesto. The Washington Post first reported Mrs. Zamsky's account Friday.
Marina Ein, a spokeswoman hired by Mr. Condit's attorney, issued a statement saying Mr. Condit and his wife have told authorities "what they know that can be helpful," adding that the Condits do not want to feed "an already out-of-control media frenzy."
On Thursday, D.C. police detectives and FBI agents conducted a long-sought interview of Mrs. Condit in the Levy investigation.
Also on Thursday, police recovered from a Northern Virginia convenience store possibly the last images taken of Miss Levy before she vanished, a source familiar with the case told The Washington Times.
A clerk at a 7-Eleven store on Lee Highway identified Miss Levy as a customer in a surveillance videotape that was recorded April 29, the source said. The clerk also recalled talking to Miss Levy as she shopped and confirmed to investigators that she visited the store, which is about five miles from her D.C. apartment.
"It widens the area she could have covered significantly," said the source. "It also establishes a new timeline."
On Wednesday, The Times reported that detectives have interviewed six women who said they have had romantic relationships with Mr. Condit, according to a law enforcement source.
The women came forward after Miss Levy was reported missing in early May, the source said.
Rebecca McClay contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.

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