- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2002

D.C. police yesterday released a drawing of a 14-karat gold pinky ring they say Chandra Levy often wore hoping it will help lead them to her killer.
The ring, with two diamonds and the initials "C" and "L" engraved on the outside, wasn't found in Rock Creek Park, where Miss Levy's remains were discovered May 22.
"We did not find a bracelet that she may have worn or her keys, and we have not found the ring," police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said.
The D.C. medical examiner on Tuesday said Miss Levy's death was a homicide, based on the nature of her disappearance last year and the location of her remains but did not attribute his ruling to the conditions of her remains.
How the former intern was killed is still a mystery, and investigators have not determined whether she was killed where her remains were found or whether her body was dumped in the park after she was slain.
The remains have been described by authorities as "skeletonized." Sgt. Gentile said, "There's always the possibility" that Miss Levy's bracelet, ring and keys were taken and scattered by park animals.
"But we have to go with the possibility [that the items] were taken when she was murdered," he said. "Someone may have the ring, they may have sold it or could have given it to somebody."
Police obtained a sketch of the ring yesterday from the Modesto, Calif., jeweler who sold the ring to Miss Levy's family in 1998. Investigators will take the sketch to pawnshops across the city and the region, hoping that if the ring was pawned, it may lead to a suspect, Sgt. Gentile said.
D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey told reporters this week that it was "premature to start labeling people as suspects," and that there are a lot of people to interview or "perhaps even re-interview."
He did not rule out another interview with Rep. Gary A. Condit, the married California Democrat romantically linked to the former intern.
Miss Levy, 24, was last seen April 30, 2001, as she was planning to return to her home in Modesto 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, 2001.
When police searched her apartment last May, they found that her bags were packed and that her personal items, except for her keys, were present.
Mr. Condit, 54, denied he had an affair with Miss Levy when detectives first interviewed him last year. But during a third interview, he acknowledged a romantic relationship. The congressman, who represented California since 1989, lost a primary election for his congressional seat in March.
Meanwhile, investigators remain on the scene in Rock Creek Park, where Miss Levy's remains were found by a man walking his dog in thick underbrush far from any path.
The site was near a steep hillside above the creek that runs along Broad Branch Road NW near Brandywine Street an area police say was not included in numerous foot searches of the 1,700-acre park last year.
Along with Miss Levy's remains, police found a Walkman, a University of Southern California T-shirt that police initially said was a sweatshirt, a pair of running shoes, running tights, underwear, a red sports bra and broken sunglasses.
Sgt. Gentile said anyone with information about Miss Levy's ring should call the Violent Crimes Branch at 202/727-9099.


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