- The Washington Times - Friday, June 15, 2001

The parents of missing intern Chandra Levy yesterday said they are not ruling out the possibility that U.S. Rep. Gary A. Condit was involved in their daughters disappearance.
Asked during an interview on MSNBC whether they believed the congressman may somehow be involved in the disappearance, Miss Levys mother, Susan, replied: "Its a possibility. Nothings ruled out."
"I think he could come out and share what he does know. We would appreciate his help," she said.
With the statement, the Levys broke a long silence on their feelings about any possible involvement of the California Democrat in their daughters disappearance. During a trip to the District last month and in subsequent interviews, the Levys had refused to comment on speculation about Mr. Condit and their daughter.
In an interview with CNN last night, Mr. Condits attorney, Joseph W. Cotchett, said Miss Levy had been a good friend of the congressman and that it was not unusual for a congressman to take an intern out for lunch and dinner.
He added that Mr. Condit had been the one to call the FBI on the case, and that he had given "all sorts of information" to find Miss Levy. "He has given every lead … talked to the police. What more can he do?" Mr. Cotchett said.
Mr. Condit, who has so far refused to answer questions from the media, might go on camera to speak about the Levy case, his attorney said.
"He, along with many others, wants that young lady found. If it means he has to go on camera, he will do it," Mr. Cotchett said.
He also said that speculation about Miss Levy spending the night before she disappeared at the congressmans apartment in Adams Morgan was "nonsense."
Mr. Condits wife, Carolyn, was in Washington between April 28 and May 3 — the time Miss Levy disappeared, he said.
Mr. Condits spokesman, Randy Groves, said the congressman has told the Levys he would talk to them at any time and has given them his telephone numbers, but they have never called him.
During the past week, Mr. Condit hired Mr. Cotchett of Burlingame, Calif. The attorney has been monitoring television and newspaper reports surrounding Miss Levys disappearance.
Miss Levy, 24, a former intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons, has been missing for more than six weeks now. She was last seen on April 30 at a health club on Connecticut Avenue in the Dupont Circle area where she lived. Police later found her drivers license, credit cards and packed luggage in her undisturbed apartment.
At the time she disappeared, Miss Levy had been preparing to return to California for her graduation from the University of Southern California where she worked on her masters degree in public administration.
The Levys also told MSNBC that pressure was being placed on potential witnesses to keep quiet, though they would not say who the witnesses are or what sort of pressure was being applied.
"A lot of people are afraid of coming out to say anything because theyre afraid of things happening to them," Robert Levy said. "I think a lot of people know something and theyre not saying anything."
Meanwhile, police said yesterday that a couple found fatally shot in Accokeek, Md., Sunday were last seen leaving a nightclub around the corner from Miss Levys apartment.
Michael Eugene Patten, 29, and Lee Anne Brown, 24, were found shot in the back of their heads in the 17800 block of Livingston Road in Accokeek about 3 p.m. Sunday, Prince Georges County police said.
Mr. Pattens 1990 Acura Legend is missing and the two appeared to have been robbed. The couple were last seen Sunday morning leaving Lulus club at 1217 22nd St. NW. The club is around the corner from the apartment of Miss Levy.
D.C. police do not know if there is a connection between the shooting and Miss Levys disappearance and are still investigating whether Mr. Patten and Miss Brown may have been carjacked in the District or somewhere else after they left the nightclub. D.C. police said they could not investigate the killings since the only evidence of a crime was in Maryland.
"The last place they were seen was inside Lulus," a D.C. detective said. "We have no other information. … Something could have happened outside or they could have gone somewhere else. We dont know."
Cmdr. Jack Barrett, the Metropolitan Police Departments superintendent of detectives, did not respond to inquiries made by The Washington Times about whether the investigators were looking into the shooting as a part of Levy investigation.
Prince Georges County Police Cpl. Joe Merkel said yesterday investigators were not aware that the nightclub was near Miss Levys apartment until contacted by The Times. He said they had no information that there could be a link, but it could be something to pursue.
"Were not ruling anything out. We have not put all their movement together prior to that," Cpl. Merkel said. "Theres a lot of stuff floating around."
"We are looking at similar cases. Im not familiar with the Levy case," Cpl. Merkel said. "If there are similarities, Im sure our investigators would follow that up."
Although Miss Levys neighborhood is not considered a high-crime neighborhood, it is surrounded by office and commercial areas, and street robberies are not uncommon. It is between the Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom neighborhoods and her third floor apartment looked directly over New Hampshire Avenue.
Although Prince Georges County police have not found a motive in the murder of the couple, it appears that Miss Brown, a Navy Petty Officer stationed at Fort Myers in Arlington, and Mr. Patten, of Waldorf, were victims of a robbery because the wallets, credit cards and cash were missing along with Mr. Pattens car.
Their clothed bodies were found in a wooded area about three feet off Livingston Road by a man riding a bicycle, police said.
Mr. Cotchett, who referred to the couples murder in his CNN interview, said that a U.S. senator, whom he did not name, is going to call for an investigation into the large number of people reported missing in the District this year alone. This, he said, includes 190 persons over the age of 19 and 253 under the age of 19.
"In the area around Dupont Circle, there are five or six young women missing," he said, adding that this is a "tragedy in our nations capital."

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