(Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2001)
More than 100 people gathered Tuesday night with one goal: find Chandra Ann Levy.
A candlelight vigil held outside the headquarters of the Carole Sund-Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation called attention to the missing 24-year-old Modesto woman who vanished from Washington, D.C.
"The message tonight is simple and clear," said Jennifer Baker, a friend of Levy's from Sacramento who is helping with search efforts here. "Get the word out about Chandra Levy."
Volunteers handed out candles and yellow ribbons as Baker urged members of the crowd in Modesto to place phone calls and send e-mails to friends throughout the nation to let them know about Levy's disappearance.
There will be a silent march Friday at 5 p.m. on the state Capitol steps to call attention to the cause, Baker said. Television appearances on CNN and NBC's "Today" show are in the works.
Those who attended the vigil snacked on Reese's Peanut Butter Cups -- Levy's favorite candy -- and agreed that Levy's disappearance hit a little too close to home.
"I have two teen-age daughters, and this really touched me," said Margie Esquivel of Modesto. "If it were me, I'd want to know I had people here in support."
Support is pouring in from as far away as England, Germany and South Africa, Baker said. Still, the effort is in need of a volunteer coordinator in Modesto. Contributions are also needed to buy office supplies and make copies of fliers, Baker said.
Volunteers are always welcome, Baker said. And appreciated.
"Thank you," Baker said. "Thank you for helping to make every person in this nation aware that Chandra Levy is missing."
To volunteer in the search for Levy, call the Carole Sund-Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation at 567-1059 or (888) 813-8389. For more information, see www.findchandra.com. To offer information in the case, call (888) 660-7391.