- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 24, 2007

Chandra Levy’s mother met yesterday with Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and said she was confident her daughter’s six-year-old homicide case will be solved, though there is no indication that will happen any time soon.

“I am satisfied that they are still interested in helping me,” Susan Levy told reporters after meeting with Chief Lanier at police headquarters in Northwest. “I hope to continue this investigation. It’s a very personal and a very hard time.”

Mrs. Levy declined to share details of the 11/2-hour conversation with the police chief, except to say that Chief Lanier — as a woman and a mother — “certainly would know” the pain she feels.

“She has a lot of compassion,” said Mrs. Levy, who annually travels to the District from her Modesto, Calif., home for an update on the investigation.

Miss Levy, who was 24 at the time of her death and had just completed a federal internship, disappeared from her third-floor apartment on 21st Street Northwest on April 30, 2001. She had canceled her membership at the Washington Sport and Health Club, and Internet records indicate she used her computer May 1 to visit travel Web sites and look up the address to the Klingle Mansion in Rock Creek Park.

Her remains and some articles of clothing were found May 22, 2002, by a man walking his dog in the Rock Creek Park woods, not far from the mansion.

The D.C. medical examiner concluded that Miss Levy was slain, but could not conclusively state the cause of death. He later said that damage to a bone in Miss Levy’s neck may indicate she was strangled.

The case garnered national attention after reports surfaced that Miss Levy was having an affair with Rep. Gary A. Condit, California Democrat.

Early on, Mr. Condit suggested that his relationship with Miss Levy was only friendship and denied even to his colleagues that it was romantic.

The congressman later acknowledged to police that he had an affair with Miss Levy but denied any involvement in her disappearance. Mr. Condit lost a re-election bid in 2002.

The investigation into Miss Levy’s death remains one of the thousands of cold cases in the District.

After the meeting yesterday, Mrs. Levy’s attorney, Steve Mandell, said the bottom line for his client was “to identify and convict the perpetrator or perpetrators.”

“There is plenty of hope that it will be solved,” he said. “There are thoughts in terms of who those people may be and there was an opportunity to express that.”

He said police officials gave “every indication” they are committed to solving the case.

Miss Levy’s mother and father, Robert Levy, last year started a Web site, www.whokilledchandra.com, where people can contact the family anonymously with information that “might shed light on this horrible crime.”

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