Rep. Condit Interviewed 2nd Time in Intern Case

From Associated Press

Police interviewed Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres) a second time Saturday in their search for a missing California woman he has described as a "good friend."

The hourlong meeting took place midafternoon at an undisclosed location, said Terrance W. Gainer, Washington's executive assistant chief of police.

"The congressman was responsive to our inquiries," Gainer said.

But Gainer said police did not learn anything dramatic to help them in their search for Chandra Levy, 24, of Modesto.

"We're still looking for the trail," he said.

Condit was accompanied by his lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said a source familiar with the investigation.

Gainer repeated Saturday night that Condit is not a suspect in Levy's disappearance. But police wanted to talk with him again for any information he may hold about Levy's habits or state of mind in the days before she disappeared.

"There wasn't many of us who thought this was a linchpin interview," Gainer said. "But it was necessary."

William R. "Billy" Martin, a lawyer for Levy's parents, Dr. Robert and Susan Levy, said Thursday that he hoped Condit would make clear the nature of his relationship with Levy. Susan Levy has said her daughter told her she was seeing Condit, who is married.

Gainer would not comment on anything discussed during Saturday's meeting.

Levy was last seen April 30, in a Washington gym, a few days after she finished an internship with the federal Bureau of Prisons. She met Condit, whose district includes her Modesto home, last year in Washington through a friend who worked in the congressman's office.

Levy was supposed to return to California in early May to receive her master's degree in public administration from USC.

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