- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 15, 2001

California police have joined Washington's Metropolitan Police Departments investigation into the disappearance of a University of Southern California graduate missing since last month.
Investigators with the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department have conducted interviews in California into the disappearance of Chandra Ann Levy, 24, and a detective spent the weekend in the District looking into the case, an official in the public information office said last night.
Meanwhile, Miss Levys mother, Susan, appeared on ABC-TVs "Good Morning America" yesterday and expressed hope about her daughters return as she clutched a stuffed animal given to her by a friend.
U.S. Rep. Gary Condit, a California Republican whose district includes the Levys hometown of Modesto, has donated $10,000 to a reward fund that has grown to $25,000, and friends have set up two Web sites — www.findchandra.com and www.findchandra.org to locate the missing woman.
Miss Levy vanished April 28, when she was expected to return to her familys home in California after completing her internship at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in the District. D.C. police, who are investigating her disappearance as a suspicious missing persons case, found her packed bags, wallet, identification, credit cards and cellular telephone in her undisturbed apartment in the 1200 block of 21st Street NW.
Miss Levy, who was about to embark on a promising career, made a point of befriending Sven Jones, a fellow Californian, when he moved to the District in February, he said.
The Bureau of Prisons co-workers went to the same gym — the Washington Sports Club — and Miss Levy, 24, called Mr. Jones to have lunch on Saturday, April 28.
Mr. Jones, who was out of town at the time, called her back upon his return but never got a response.
"I just thought that was odd because she was the type of person who would always call back," Mr. Jones said yesterday.
Those who know Miss Levy, who told her parents she would return home to attend a graduation ceremony last week, called her quiet yet friendly, a hard-working well-informed fan of politics who was weighing a career in California or federal government in the District.
"She was very gracious when I moved here, talking about things to do or where to go and how to get there," Mr. Jones said. "She did all that not knowing who I was from Adam, but just being very hospitable as a fellow Californian, missing California as all Californians do."
Her last day at the public affairs office of the Bureau of Prisons was April 23, and her co-workers threw her a goodbye luncheon two days later, the last time anyone there heard from her.
"She was quiet, very intelligent and a hard worker," said Traci Billingsley, a spokesperson for the bureau who supervised Miss Levy. "She was an outstanding employee, a very sweet person. She was very well liked here. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family, and we hope for her safe return."
Other friends of Miss Levy have mentioned in news reports that she was dating an unidentified man. Her mother was not aware of the relationship, and Mr. Jones declined to comment on the reports.
Miss Levys disappearance has puzzled family and friends because of her close relationships.
"Shes very dedicated to her family," Mr. Jones said. "She is somebody who is thinking about her parents a lot. She just has a lot of love and respect for her parents."
* This article is based in part on wire service reports.


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