- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 30, 2001

FBI agents in California will interview the wife of Rep. Gary A. Condit about missing intern Chandra Ann Levy, D.C. police officials said yesterday.
Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer said he is not sure when the FBI will interview Mr. Condit's wife, Carolyn, who lives in their home in Ceres, Calif. Police are investigating whether Mr. Condit had a romantic relationship with Miss Levy, 24, before she disappeared two months ago.
"We need some clarity about what know about the relationship with Chandra and about the time of the weekend **Miss Levy disappeared**" Chief Gainer said.
Mr. Condit, a California Democrat who maintains an apartment in Adams Morgan, has said through his staff that Miss Levy was a friend.
Chief Gainer said he could not describe the type of relationship between Miss Levy and the 53-year-old congressman.
Federal law requires that inquiries of member of Congress by FBI agents be arranged through the U.S. Attorney and the Justice Department, said Chief Gainer, and the FBI is assisting police detectives in interviews outside the District.
Monty Wilkinson, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Kenneth Wainstein, said he could not comment about when Mrs. Condit will be interviewed because it is an open investigation.
The FBI agents are expected to question Mrs. Condit about her whereabouts while she was in the District between April 28 and May 3.
Miss Levy was last seen April 30 as she was planning to return to her Modesto, Calif., home after working as an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She was scheduled to receive a graduate degree from the University of Southern California on May 9.
Her parents tried to call her between May 1 and May 6. They notified the Metropolitan Police Department on May 6 that she was missing. Detectives searched her third-floor apartment in 1200 block of 21st Street NW and found no signs of a struggle. Her money, credit cards and driver's license were with her packed luggage.
A police source said FBI agents have to be careful in interviewing Mrs. Condit because she has a spousal privilege that would prevent investigators from forcing her to provide any incriminating information against her husband.
Police have said there is no evidence of foul play in Miss Levy's disappearance and Mr. Condit is not a suspect in the case.
Mr. Condit's attorney, Abbe Lowell, has said that Mrs. Condit will cooperate with police and that Mr. Condit also is cooperating with the police.
Cmdr. Jack Barrett, the Metropolitan Police Department's new chief of detectives, said they have been trying to link her disappearance to other women who have disappeared.
He said the case that most resembles Miss Levy's is that of Joyce Chaing, who was last seen in Dupont Circle in February 2000. Her decomposed body was found in the Potomac River three months later.
Cmdr. Barrett said detectives could not determine whether Miss Chaing committed suicide or was killed because of the poor condition of her body when it was found.

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