More light shed on Levy Net use

03/25/2002 7:35 PM

11/20/2007 10:14 AM

(Published: Thursday, July 19, 2001)

WASHINGTON -- Chandra Levy spent the morning of May 1 looking through Internet sites that included newspapers and the House Agriculture Committee, police here revealed Wednesday.

In a three-hour stint at her laptop computer shortly before she disappeared, police said, Levy visited everything from The Modesto Bee to the ag committee's home page.

Ceres Rep. Gary Condit serves on the Agriculture Committee. Levy "didn't stay long at any particular (sites), but clearly had an interest, I think, in the congressman's activity," Executive Assistant Police Chief Terrance Gainer told MSNBC.

Working from a small closet desk -- where police found her computer when they entered her third-floor apartment in early May -- Levy visited a variety of travel and restaurant sites.

Apparently preparing for a return to California for her May 11 graduate school commencement, she visited sites for Amtrak and Southwest Airlines. She also visited at least half a dozen newspaper sites, including USA Today, The Washington Post and the weekly Washington City Paper.

Today, police expect to release a more complete list of the Internet sites she visited in the hope that the information might shake out more clues to her whereabouts.

Police also intend to resume searching several wooded Washington parks, and investigators continue to interview residents of Levy's apartment building.

Police do not, however, expect to be getting anything useful from a privately administered lie-detector test Condit's attorney submitted. Condit took the test last Thursday and, according to attorney Abbe Lowell, the congressman proved entirely truthful in saying he did not have anything to do with Levy's disappearance, had not harmed her and does not know where she is.

"It doesn't mean a thing," police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said Wednesday. "It's insignificant to us."

Gentile said FBI analysts were still evaluating the exam results presented to them Tuesday, but that "they probably won't even have an opinion" of the test because of alleged shortcomings.

Police Chief Charles Ramsey added in an interview with Fox News that "it's pretty much impossible to say whether (the test) is useful" because of the way the information was presented.

Gentile and Ramsey said FBI analysts were apparently having a hard time matching charts showing Condit's responses to the questions.

Gainer, the executive assistant police chief, said investigators still would like Condit to take a lie-detector test -- something he is not obligated to do. "We're forever the optimists," Gainer told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

Lowell has said that Condit will remain cooperative with investigators. He said Wednesday that police had not advised him of their conclusions about the lie-detector test.

Police said they might not release information today on all of the Internet sites Levy visited. At least one of the sites released Wednesday, though, kept Condit's name in the picture.

Condit is the second-ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, which met again Wednesday to consider legislation.

As he has been all week, Condit was tracked to the committee by camera crews and two Capitol Hill police officers. He spoke during the hearing but not to reporters.

Another House member, moderate Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, formally called upon Condit to resign because "it has become clear that Congressman Condit has not cooperated with authorities investigating this tragic case."

Generally low key, Upton is the second House member to ask for Condit's resignation, joining conservative firebrand Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia.

"As to his political situation, that becomes a matter between the voters in his district and him, and he'll have to deal with that," House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt told reporters.

Bee Washington Bureau reporter Michael Doyle can be reached at (202) 383-0006 or

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