Police are close to making an arrest in the Chandra Levy murder case, one of Washington’s most infamous cold cases, CNN affiliate KGO reported Saturday.
Police contacted Levy’s parents Friday informing them the arrest was imminent, the San Francisco, California, television station reported. KGO also quoted a Washington television report that said police were pursuing an arrest warrant for Ingmar Guandique, an inmate in the D.C. prison system. Washington police did not return calls to CNN seeking comment. “We appreciate all the hard work they did,” Susan Levy, Chandra’s mother, told another CNN affiliate KXTV. “You want justice. You want the person incarcerated. It is still painful no matter what. Your child is dead and gone. But we are glad the police are doing something and making a difference.” Levy, a California native, went missing on April 30, 2001. Her remains were found May 22, 2002, by a man walking his dog in a remote area of a Washington city park. The search for Levy and massive publicity that accompanied it was largely a result of her connection to Rep. Gary Condit, D-California. Condit has said publicly that he had a friendship with Levy, but police sources said he told them the two had a romantic relationship. Police questioned Condit several times in connection with the murder, but never named him a suspect. Guandique was mentioned in a Washington Post investigation into the unsolved murder published in 2008. The newspaper quoted former investigators in the case who said Guandique assaulted two other women in the park where Levy’s body was found. Guandique admitted seeing Levy in the park, the newspaper reported.