WASHINGTON -- Investigators are prowling pawn shops in search of Chandra Levy's missing ring and weighing the possibility of another interview with Rep. Gary Condit.
A day after declaring Levy's death a homicide, Washington police on Wednesday revealed that her favorite gold pinkie ring was missing from the remains found in a heavily wooded park.
Crafted by Modesto jeweler David C. Glaister, the ring has the initials "CL" in script lettering on the front, flanked by two diamond chips.
"Out of respect for the Levy family, we are not discussing the ring," said Judith Glaister, who along with her husband opened the shop in 1973. "It's best if (information about the ring) comes from the family."
The Levy family remained in seclusion Wednesday, a day after a memorial service for their daughter.
Investigators in the nation's capital believe the ring could be significant because "it may have been taken at the time she was killed," police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said.
Neither her apartment keys nor a bracelet could be found, either, as police continued Wednesday to scour the Rock Creek Park site where Levy's skeletal remains were discovered May 22.
Last week, The Washington Times published an anonymously sourced report that the pinkie ring had been discovered with Levy's remains. Gentile dismissed as inaccurate accounts that either piece of jewelry had been found.
Condit gave Levy a double-clasp, gold chain bracelet for a holiday keepsake, Levy's aunt, Linda Zamsky, recounted in a 15-page statement last year. Zamsky used the statement to detail what she says Levy told her about an affair with Condit.
Condit has publicly described Levy as a "very close" friend and does not deny published reports that he told police he was sexually involved with the 24-year-old intern.
In addition to searching for the jewelry, investigators are canvassing the neighborhood and questioning taxi drivers who might have driven her to the park.
FBI analysts will examine Levy's clothes and other items found about 125 yards off Broad Branch Road in the popular park.
Investigators who've already interviewed more than 100 people are likely to do some reinterviewing. Some decisions have yet to be made, including whether Condit will be interviewed a fifth time.
"I can't imagine there would be any more ground to plow there," Condit's attorney, Mark Geragos, said Wednesday. He added, "I've looked at the notes, and they've covered all that ground."
While stressing that he does not have any reservations about Condit talking to the police again, Geragos added that he believes investigators are "infinitely more focused" on possibilities including predators in the park where Levy's remains were found.
Other law enforcement veterans aren't so sure, and Washington police officials have said they might talk to Condit again.
"They're going to ratchet it up," predicted Howard Miller, a former Washington police detective. "Now they've got a more focused area to ask about and they can also go after the staff a little bit more."
If police do seek another interview with Condit and his staff, they'll have the added muscle of conducting a homicide investigation. At the same time, they've already asked lots of the obvious questions, multiple times.
"He's cooperated in all the interviews," Geragos said.
Police characterize Condit's behavior somewhat differently, at one point likening getting answers from the congressman to pulling teeth.
They have, though, also previously said they've asked all they need to.
Bee staff writer Michael G. Mooney contributed to this report.
Bee Washington Bureau reporter Michael Doyle can be reached at (202) 383-0006 or email@example.com.