- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 1, 2001

D.C. police and FBI investigators hope to glean new information about missing former intern Chandra Levy by comparing what U.S. Rep. Gary A. Condit has told the media to what he has told them.
The California congressman has admitted to police that he had an affair with the 24-year-old former Bureau of Prisons intern, but when interviewed by ABC-TV's Connie Chung last week ago, Mr. Condit had very little to say about it that was helpful to the investigation.
"We've been taping these things and try to glean any new information. We compare it to what we know," said D.C. Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer.
Mr. Condit's top Washington aide, Michael Dayton, who appeared on "Larry King Live" Thursday night, refused to say why he helped his boss dispose of a watch box hours before police searched the congressman's Adams Morgan apartment.
"We've been looking at all the interviews from the congressman [and his staff]. We did not think we would find anything. There were never high expectations," Chief Gainer said.
The 4-month-old investigation into the April 30 disappearance of Miss Levy has not come to a standstill, but Chief Gainer said tips have begun to slow down. At one point, the police were getting 50 to 80 tips a day.
Two Metropolitan Police Department detectives and two FBI agents are still investigating Miss Levy's disappearance, Chief Gainer said.
"They are not winding down, although there is not anything earth-shattering going on," he added.
After her parents reported Miss Levy missing, police searched her third-floor apartment at the Newport at 1260 21st St. NW, but found no sign of foul play. Miss Levy was planning to return to her Modesto, Calif., home to receive her diploma from the University of Southern California.
Her partially packed bags, her wallet, money and credit cards were in the apartment. The only things missing were her keys — and Miss Levy.
Police have searched abandoned houses, interviewed her neighbors and sent police recruits hiking through Rock Creek Park. Investigators have found nothing to indicate whether Miss Levy disappeared on her own, committed suicide, was kidnapped or killed.
Meanwhile yesterday, California lawmakers released a U.S. House redistricting plan for their state that significantly alters Mr. Condit's 18th Congressional District.
The district would become even more Democratic under the proposal, but would have many new voters who know him mostly through coverage of the Levy affair — a possible sign that state Democrats want to make the district friendlier to a member of their party other than Mr. Condit. No Democrat has yet said he will challenge Mr. Condit.
The new district would stretch north into San Joaquin County and include Stockton, which contains many urban, Hispanic Democrats.
Mr. Condit's chief of staff, Mike Lynch, said the proposed district was "a very, very good district for a Democratic candidate" and that the new lines had nothing to do with "punishment for the Chandra Levy situation."
This article is based in part on wire service reports.


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