- The Washington Times - Friday, May 24, 2002

Chandra Levy's body apparently was dumped in Rock Creek Park, where police found her remains on Wednesday, 13 months after she went missing, law-enforcement sources and others familiar with the investigation said yesterday.
The former intern's remains were found under thick underbrush far from a path, which indicates her body was placed there, sources said. The remains were found on a hillside above the creek that runs along Broad Branch Road NW.
"It was not some place where someone would crawl up into or fall into if she were injured," a law-enforcement source said.
Metropolitan Police officers yesterday began digging through the thick brush on the hillside in search of evidence that would indicate how long the body had been at the scene, as the D.C. medical examiner investigated the remains to determine the time and cause of death.
Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey told The Washington Times yesterday that the search area is "pretty wide" and that "animals apparently have gotten to the remains." He would not comment on the condition of the scene or the remains, which he said were not "all right together."
Chief Ramsey also said other remains are likely to turn up.
Because only skeletal remains were found, police will search for samples of Miss Levy's DNA among the brush to determine whether she died there or somewhere else, a police source said. If officers find large samples of her DNA in one location, it can be assumed her body decomposed there.
The D.C. medical examiner's office said it is unlikely that there will be a determination on the cause of Miss Levy's death today, adding that they are waiting to see whether more remains are recovered.
Police continued to refer to the Levy case as a "death investigation," not a homicide. "There's a lot of speculation right now. Until we get the manner and cause [of death], we don't even know if we're dealing with a homicide or not right now," Chief Ramsey told The Times.
However, attention yesterday turned to a possible suspect in her death a prison inmate who was convicted of assaulting two women in Rock Creek Park after Miss Levy was last seen April 30, 2001.
D.C. police last year questioned Ingmar Guandeque, 20, about her disappearance but had no evidence of a link. His former residence in the 1400 block of Somerset Place NW is about a mile from where her remains were found.
Guandeque pleaded guilty on Feb. 8 to two counts of assault with intent to commit robbery for the assaults of two women in the park within a month of Miss Levy's disappearance. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Both women were assaulted near Broad Branch Road, which is where Miss Levy's remains were found.
During his trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina L. Ament said Guandeque used the park as a "hunting ground" and that he was "selecting victims and stalking them." The attorney noted that Guandeque used isolated locations to attack and dragged his victims off the trail into a ravine.
The first attack was May 15, 2001, about 6:30 p.m. as Halle R. Shilling, 30, was jogging at the Pierce Mill Road parking lot. She was running north on Beach Drive when she saw Guandeque sitting on the curb on the west side of the Broad Branch parking lot.
He began running after her, then caught her. He pulled a knife on her after grabbing her around the neck. She screamed, pushed his face with her hand and fled.
Christy C. Wiegand was similarly assaulted by Guandeque on July 1 about 7:30 p.m., court records showed. She was jogging on Beach Drive when she saw Guandeque standing beside the trail. He began to run after her and grabbed her from behind. He then pulled her off the trail.
He took out a knife as he held Miss Wiegand, a 26-year-old lawyer originally from Pittsburgh, by the chin and covered her mouth because she was screaming. She freed herself when she felt him lose his grip.
Court records show that both women were wearing Walkman portable radios, which Guandeque did not take. A Walkman was found near Miss Levy's remains on Wednesday.
In sentencing Guandeque, D.C. Superior Court Judge Noel A. Kramer characterized Guandeque's actions as "predatory," calling him extremely dangerous.
Chief Ramsey said yesterday that officers had not yet reinterviewed Guandeque. "He's not going anywhere. We spoke to him some time ago, and if we need to go back and talk to him, we will," he said.
The police chief did not rule out officers eventually reinterviewing U.S. Rep. Gary A. Condit, a married California Democrat who was linked romantically to the 24-year-old former intern, whose district he represents.
"Whatever the evidence tells us we need to do, we'll do. But certainly we'll interview anyone we feel like we need to interview," Chief Ramsey said.
Mr. Condit has avoided reporters and has been unavailable for comment.
The congressman first denied that he had an affair with Miss Levy, but during a third interview with police detectives, he acknowledged a romantic relationship. Detectives also interviewed his staff and his wife.
Mr. Condit lost a Democratic primary in March for the congressional seat he has held since 1989.
A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Roscoe Howard declined to comment on how the discovery of Miss Levy's remains would affect an ongoing grand jury investigation into her death other than to say that it has "narrowed the focus" of the probe.
A source close to the investigation said it appears that Miss Levy was lured into the park by her attacker because she was looking for directions into the park before she left her apartment. The last time Miss Levy used her computer, she sought information about Klingle Mansion in Rock Creek Park.
"She was looking on a Web site to get to a certain point. She was looking for a certain point," said the source. "It was as if someone lured her there."
Miss Levy's remains were discovered on a steep embankment in the park by a man walking his dog and searching for turtles just off Broad Branch Road near Brandywine Street at about 9:20 a.m.
The two-lane winding road in that section of the park runs next to a small stream. The area is heavily wooded, and the road has no shoulders or sidewalks. There are several nature trails but none within half a mile on the side of the stream where Miss Levy's remains were found.
One of the items police found near the remains was a gold ring engraved with the initials "C.L." One law-enforcement source told The Times that the ring was found in a shallow grave with some of the remains.
Chief Ramsey would not confirm the discovery of the gold ring.
Police also found a Walkman, a University of Southern California T-shirt, shorts, running tights, a red sports bra and running shoes.
Police said the area where the remains were found was not searched with dogs, but police recruits had been through the area on foot last year as part of a 1,700-acre sweep of the park.
Miss Levy, 24, was last seen April 30, 2001, as she was planning to return to her home in Modesto, Calif., after working as an intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She was scheduled to receive her diploma from the University of Southern California on May 9.
Police detected no signs of a struggle or forced entry into Miss Levy's third-floor apartment at 1260 21st St. NW when they searched it on May 6, 2001. They found packed luggage, and her driver's license, money and credit cards inside her wallet.
Only her keys were missing.


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