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Tuesday, 17 July, 2001, 08:40 GMT 09:40 UK
Police step up missing intern search
Police search of Rock Creek Park
Police and academy cadets are involved in the search
Washington police are expanding their search for missing intern Chandra Levy in a city park, bringing in dogs to reach remote areas and identify human remains.


There has been some information that we wish we'd gotten earlier

Washington police chief
Metropolitan Police Chief Charles Ramsay said that parts of Rock Creek Park were searched early in the investigation, and more comprehensive efforts were now being made to see if anything had been missed.

It was revealed on Monday that 24-year-old Ms Levy downloaded information from the internet about a site in the park shortly before she disappeared, prompting a six-hour search on Monday.

The case has generated national attention because of reports that 53-year-old Democrat Congressman Gary Condit, who represents an area of California that includes Ms Levy's home town of Modesto, has admitted to investigators that he was having an affair with her.

Mr Ramsay told national news networks that he was disappointed with Mr Condit, who he said had not co-operated with police fully on the case.

Gary Condit
Police say they are disappointed with Condit
He said he wanted Mr Condit to take a lie-detector test under police supervision, as he was not satisfied about the way Mr Condit had taken a private lie detector test to demonstrate that he knew nothing about the intern's disappearance.

Police said Monday's search in Rock Creek, in the north-west of the city, had produced no clues to the whereabouts of Ms Levy.

It was conducted in the form of a grid, with police officers and academy recruits combing the park foot by foot.

Searchers found about 25 bones, believed to be from animals.

Dogs that can distinguish between human and animal remains will now be introduced.

The search is expected to be extended to three parks in the southeast of the city later in the week.

Four theories

Ms Levy looked up a map for a historic house in the park on her computer shortly before she went missing on 30 April.

Computer-generated images of Chandra Levy
Police say Chandra might have tried to change her appearance
She also went to travel pages to seek information about flights to California, where she was expected to attend her graduation ceremony.

Police are said to have four theories about her disappearance - that she left of her own accord, committed suicide, has amnesia or is the victim of foul play.

They have said that Mr Condit is not a suspect in the disappearance.

The Senate's leading Republican, Trent Lott of Mississippi, has said Mr Condit - a married man - should resign if it transpires he had had an affair with the intern.

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"Police are angry about the private lie detector test taken by Congressman Gary Condit"
See also:

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