CONDIT interviewed a fourth time by police in disappearance of intern

Saturday, July 28th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Rep. Gary Condit's fourth meeting with investigators was more working session than interrogation, designed to probe his memory for any information that could help find Chandra Levy.

FBI profilers asked Condit few questions about the nature of his relationship with Levy or allegations that he or his staff obstructed the search for the missing former federal intern, according to a source who was briefed on the latest interview.

Instead, they asked about Levy's friends and pressed Condit, D-Calif., to recall anything she may have said that could provide a clue to her whereabouts.

In a 90-minute meeting Thursday night at the office of Abbe Lowell, Condit's lawyer, FBI agents Bradley Garrett and Melissa Thomas, a specialist in profiling, posed most of the questions. Two Washington police detectives also attended, asking just a few questions, said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The FBI agents are trying to develop a victim profile of Levy that could help identify where she might have gone, whom she might have seen or anyone who might have had a motive to harm her.

They pressed Condit for any information Levy may have conveyed to him in their final conversations _ the last April 29 _ that might indicate her plans for the next few days. Police believe Levy disappeared May 1.

The session was the fourth meeting between investigators and Condit, but the first to involve profilers. The congressman, 53 and married, admitted in his third interview to an affair with Levy, 24.

``Congressman Condit answered every question and provided all the information and opinions that he had,'' spokeswoman Marina Ein said Friday.

Ein called the meeting a working session, part of Condit's effort to demonstrate his cooperation with investigators who are looking for Levy.

Police Chief Charles Ramsey, meeting with reporters outside police headquarters, declined to give details. Police confirmed only the time and place of the meeting.

Police have said repeatedly they do not consider the congressman a suspect in the disappearance of Levy, a constituent from Modesto, Calif.

But on Capitol Hill, Condit's colleagues have grown increasingly critical of him. House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., refused to defend Condit against Republican charges that he has violated House ethics rules.

``We don't know the facts yet. Let us be a little patient,'' Gephardt told reporters Friday. ``Then we can make the proper judgments, both in the House and in the legal system.''

Levy was last seen April 30. Police believe she used her laptop computer until about 1 p.m. the following day.

Police found no sign of foul play when they searched her apartment. Only her keys were missing.

A continuing search of parks and wooded areas in Washington turned up no clues Friday, and police were hoping to wrap up a round of interviews with known sex offenders in Levy's neighborhood.

Nearly three months after Levy disappeared, police remain baffled about what happened to her. ``We don't have anything that leads us down any particular path of whether she met with foul play or left of her own accord,'' Ramsey said.