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Archive for February 21st, 2009

Tv Station Reports that Police Are Close to an Arrest in Chandra Levy Murder

Chandra Levy

Chandra Levy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — NBC’s Washington affiliate is reporting that D.C. Police are close to making an arrest in the slaying of intern Chandra Levy, whose remains were found in Rock Creek Park in Northwest Washington in 2002 one year after she vanished.

WRC-TV reported that police have submitted evidence to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington seeking an arrest for long-time suspect  Ingmar Guandique, who is serving a 10- year sentence for attacking two female joggers in Rock Creek Park.

No arrest warrant has been issued at this point, and nothing is expected to happen until at least after the weekend, sources told ticklethewire.com. The U.S. Attorney’s office, which needs to review the materials and have a judge sign off on the arrest warrant,  declined comment Saturday morning.

ABC News had reported Saturday morning that an arrest could come as early as today in the murder of the 24-year-old intern who hailed from Modesto, Calif.

However, police chief Cathy L. Lanier in an telephone interview with ticklethewire.com denied that report that there would be an arrest today.  She declined to comment beyond that only to say that new detectives had been assigned to the cold case about a year ago, and that the department had been actively pursuing the investigation and had  regular contact with Chandra’s parents, Bob and Susan Levy.

WRC-TV reported that an inmate serving time with Guandique told investigators that Guandique had confessed to him about the murder.

One source familiar with the case said that the investigation had been heating up for some time.

The investigation eventually derailed the promising political career of ex-Congressman Gary Condit, who was a suspect after word surfaced that he had been having an affair with Levy. Eventually, law enforcement concluded that he had nothing to do with the case.