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Levy Detectives Ran New DNA Analysis

POSTED: 02:30 PM ET, 02/23/2009 by Derek Kravitz

D.C. police last year reexamined the physical evidence in the Chandra Levy case and conducted an analysis using the DNA of a key suspect in her disappearance. Among the materials that may have been tested were the clothes of Ingmar Guandique, the suspect, and Levy's belongings found in Rock Creek Park.

It is not yet known whether the results of the examination are linked to the new developments that reportedly led law enforcement sources to seek an arrest warrant against Guandique, the Washington Post reporters who investigated the case said in their online chat this afternoon.

On Friday night, Pat Collins, a reporter for WRC-TV in Washington, reported that police were seeking the arrest warrant for Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant implicated in the much-publicized 2001 disappearance and death of Levy.

The remains of Levy, a 24-year-old intern with the federal Bureau of Prisons, were found in a remote part of Rock Creek Park in 2002. Police and the media initially focused on then-Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Calif.) when rumors surfaced of his affair with the young woman.

Last summer The Post published the results of a yearlong investigation into the case, a 13-part series that revealed how D.C. police made a series of errors and were distracted by the relationship between Condit and Levy while missing clues that might have pointed more strongly at Guandique.

In their online chat this afternoon, investigative reporters Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham, along with assistant managing editor Jeff Leen, said a combination of "the media attention, pressure to solve a high-profile case, the involvement of a congressmen and the failure to promptly process and follow up leads (sic) all slowed the investigation."

In a reporter's notebook published on the Post's Investigations blog, Horwitz, Higham and Post reporter Sylvia Moreno, who also worked on the series, also prepared an exhaustive, 30-point list of new findings from this summer's examination.

The Levy family, speaking to The Los Angeles Times, said they were told by authorities that "a possible breakthrough in the case came, at least in part, due to the increased attention spurred by" The Post's series (see Poynter's Did Washington Post Series on Chandra Levy Lead to Suspect's Arrest?)

By Derek Kravitz |  February 23, 2009; 2:30 PM ET Chandra Levy , D.C. Region
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