By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - A skull and other human bones were that found in a park early Wednesday morning have been identified as those of missing intern Chandra Levy, a law enforcement source said.Levy, the 24-year-old former government intern (pictured, above) disappeared more than a year ago.
The bones were found in more than one location on a steep incline in thick woods on the western edge of sprawling Rock Creek Park by someone walking a dog around 9:30 a.m., Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said. He declined to say what other evidence was found, noting the scene still was being examined.
Ramsey said the bones apparently had been in the remote area of the park since at least last fall because they were found underneath leaves. The dog apparently alerted its owner to the bones, Ramsey said.
Police interest in the discovery was heightened by evidence they found last year on Levy's laptop computer that she searched a Web site for the park's Klingle Mansion on May 1, 2001, the day police believe she vanished.
The bones were found about a mile north of the mansion and about four miles away from Levy's apartment. Friends had said that Levy frequented the 1,754-acre park, located in northwest Washington.
Police searched the park repeatedly in the first few months after the former U.S. Bureau of Prisons intern disappeared but never found any evidence they could link to Levy.
"We searched all 1,700 acres of Rock Creek Park, but you can be standing next to something and still not see it," Ramsey said, pointing to dense foliage.
Levy's case drew national attention because of her connection to her hometown congressman, Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. During the third of four rounds of questioning, Condit told police that he and Levy were having an affair, according to a police source.
Condit acknowledged a phone conversation with Levy two days before she disappeared but has denied any role in her disappearance. Police repeatedly have said he is not a suspect.
Condit, who lost his re-election bid in the Democratic primary in March, had no immediate comment on the discovery of the remains and participated in usual House duties Wednesday afternoon.
Dr. Robert and Susan Levy met with police when they were in Washington to mark the one-year anniversary of their daughter's disappearance. At the time, police told them they had no new leads in the investigation, which remains a missing person case.
Ramsey said he telephoned the Levys at their home in Modesto, Calif., to tell them of the discovery and described them as distraught.