(Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2001)
With a $100,000 pledge from The National Enquirer tabloid, the reward for finding Chandra Levy has grown to $205,000.
A spokeswoman for the Carole Sund-Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation said the paper made the offer this week. The offer appears in The Enquirer's edition dated Tuesday, and on the paper's Web site.
According to the Web site, "Any useful information The Enquirer receives will go at once to police in Washington, D.C., and the FBI -- and if The Enquirer concludes that your tip is the clue that locates Chandra, you will receive a check for $100,000 from this paper."
Other reward commitments are for information leading to Levy's "safe return."
The total reward also includes $45,000 from the foundation, Rep. Gary Condit, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, and friends and relatives of the Levy family.
A San Diego bail bondsman has pledged $50,000, although the offer is good only until Sept. 30, and the New York-based Journal of Women's Health and Gender Based Medicine magazine has pledged $10,000.
In 1997, a similar reward offer by The Enquirer helped lead to the arrest and conviction of the man who killed Ennis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby.
APPEARANCES NIXED -- Donald Vance, a Modesto attorney and friend of the Levy family, said he canceled scheduled appearances Tuesday on the "Larry King Live" and "Good Morning America" television shows at the family's behest. He said too many people in the media were beginning to view him as a spokesman for the family, which he is not. The Levys hired Washington, D.C., attorney Billy Martin and Porter Novelli, a public relations firm, to handle such duties for them. Martin did, however, allow Vance's appearance Tuesday night on "Wolf Blitzer Reports" on the Cable News Network. Vance said he will concentrate on circulating one petition demanding Condit's resignation and another demanding that he disclose all information regarding Levy's disappearance.
Bee staff writer Jeff Jardine can be reached at 578-2383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.