by Sari Horwitz and Allan Lengel, The Washington Post
The skeletal remains found Wednesday morning in Rock Creek Park have
identified as those of missing intern Chandra Levy, D.C. Police
Ramsey announced Wednesday evening.
Ramsey said Jonathan Arden, the D.C. medical examiner, established
identity through the analysis of dental records.
"There certainly is more work to be done at the medical examiner's.
they did in fact verify that it is Ms. Levy."
[Speaking in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Billy Martin, the lawyer for
Levy's family, said the Levy's "worst fears have become a
[Martin said the discovery of Levy's remains does not "solve the
of what happened to Levy, and that both the family and
police will continue
efforts to find Levy's killer.]
Ramsey said articles of clothing and other items were leading
to conclude that it was her even before the dental
match was made. He said
Arden will now try to establish the time of
death and perhaps even when
the body was placed at the scene, whether
around the time of her disappearance
or sometime later.
The announcement Wednesday evening officially reclassifies the Levy
from a missing persons case to a "death" inquiry. Still
to be determined
is the cause of death--what killed Levy--and as
importantly, whether she
was the victim of foul play. "That is going
to be the focus of the investigation
from this point forward," said
A dog walker looking for turtles found a skull about 9:30 a.m. on a
wooded hill off Broad Branch Road near Brandywine Street and
Park Police. Also found near the remains were a woman's
jogging bra, tennis
shoes and a portable radio.
The skull was removed from the site and taken to the medical
office, where it was compared to Levy's dental records and
identification was made.
Investigators who have been working on the case since the 24-year-old
disappeared a year ago rushed to the park Wednesday morning and
throughout the day to process the scene.
Ramsey said that D.C. police had searched this and other areas of
Creek Park last year, but "it's possible to search and not find."
The body was found about a mile and a half from the Klingle Mansion,
to a law enforcement source. Authorities have said that
Levy was looking
at information about the mansion on her home
computer just before she disappeared.
She was last seen alive on
April 30, 2001; she is known to have used her
computer on May 1, 2001.
Both the National Guard and the U.S. Park Police brought in lighting
so that police could continue the search into the night.
D.C. police equipped
with dogs trained to sniff for evidence entered
the heavily wooded area
in midafternoon. The remains were found along
a steep incline in the park,
making the search extremely difficult,
Ramsey said police have been in regular contact with Chandra Levy's
in California and that he had spoken to the Levys twice
The Levy case drew national attention when investigators learned that
former intern was having an affair with Rep. Gary A. Condit
[In a statement issued by his attorney, Condit said: "Congressman
Condit and his family want to express their heartfelt sorrow and
to the Levy family. The Levy family will remain in our
A D.C. Superior Court grand jury is looking into the disappearance
allegations that Condit and possibly others obstructed justice in
The grand jury in November subpoenaed documents from Condit's office.
also testified before the grand jury in April, but authorities
that Condit is not a suspect and they have no evidence
suggesting he had
knowledge of the disappearance.