Chandra Levy went missing nearly 12 years ago in Washington, D.C., in a case that dominated a long summer of news with its level of intrigue, eventually ending the career of Gary Condit in Congress and largely fell to the wayside after September 11.
But before that day, Chandra Levy’s disappearance was the top story on Fox for a summer, and the suspected involvement of Condit in her suspected murder — the Congressman was later exonerated from any involvement in her death — was a massive story.
Levy went missing sometime during the first week of May in 2001, and, in the course of an investigation, it was revealed that the 23-year-old intern had been having an affair with 53-year-old Condit.
It wasn’t until May of 2002 that the case got a significant lead in the way of a gruesome discovery. Skeletal remains eventually confirmed to be that of Chandra Levy were discovered in a Washington, D.C., park in which she had been known to go jogging. Much later, Ingmar Guandique (already in prison for unrelated crimes) was convicted for the murder of Levy, and it seemed the case had come to an end.
But now Levy’s parents say closed-door hearings about their daughter’s murder case are concerning, and officials are only vaguely addressing the reasons Chandra Levy’s case is being re-examined. One theory is that Guandique’s conviction hinged heavily on an alleged confession to a fellow inmate, making the evidence largely circumstantial.
ABC quotes Superior Court Judge Gerald Fisher, who said during a hearing on December 18:
“The hearing addresses issues about information that has come to the government’s attention that may provide impeachment about one of its witnesses at trial, and the possible disclosure of that information may create safety issues that I have concluded are somewhat substantial here.”
Mother Susan Levy says:
“I’m not going to get my daughter back. I only want them to have the right person in prison.”
But of Guandique, father Robert Levy says he may not be an innocent man overall, but, if he was not culpable for Chandra’s murder, the family would like to see the correct person held accountable:
“He’s a convicted rapist and an illegal alien. He’s not legal at all, he’s not working or anything. He’s just a criminal so he shouldn’t go free. But if he’s innocent of murder then he shouldn’t be in jail for it.”
The next hearing in the Chandra Levy case is scheduled for February 7.