According to the Washington Post, D.C. Police may be seeking an arrest warrant for Salvadoran immigrant Ingmar Guandique, whom they suspect may have murdered Chandra Levy, the former government intern whose remains were found in Washington’s Rock Creek Park nearly a year after she went missing.
Ingmar Guandique is currently serving a 10-year sentence in a federal prison in California. He was convicted of assaulting two female joggers at knife point in the aforementioned Rock Creek Park, where Chandra Levy’s body was discovered. Though Ingmar Guandique admitted to seeing Chandra Levy at the park, he has denied any involvement in her killing.
Police are not offering specifics as to why they have targeted Ingmar Guandique for arrest (Chandra Levy’s mother told the Washington Post that police told her they made a breakthrough in the case), but CBS News legal analyst Lisa Bloom has offered some intriguing theories.
Bloom speculates that a jail house snitch may have provided police with incriminating evidence against Ingmar Guandique. She also believes that advances in forensic science may have been used to link Ingmar Guandique’s DNA to the slaying of Chandra Levy.
“Maybe they have something new on him … something linking him to the remains of Chandra Levy. When her remains were found in Rock Creek Park, they were highly decomposed. … Nevertheless, hair, bone samples, dental records, something linking him to her remains,” said Bloom.
The interest in Ingmar Guandique on the part of D.C. Police may have also been precipitated by a 13-part investigative report by the Washington Post. The report, written by a team of Washington Post reporters, uncovered a mountain of evidence against Ingmar Guandique and thus concluded that he is a likely suspect.
Should Ingmar Guandique be convicted of the murder of Chandra Levy, it will, in a sense, vindicate former congressman Gary Condit, whose political career was destroyed on account of his connection to Chandra Levy.
Not long after the initial investigation into the disappearance of Chandra Levy was launched, it was revealed that she had been having an affair with then-Congressman Gary Condit. Condit’s evasive behavior during the course of the investigation – his refusal to take a polygraph test, his oblique answers to Connie Chung’s questions during their interview on CBS’s “Primetime Thursday” – understandably caused some to believe (including Chandra Levy’s parents) that he had something to hide.
These latest developments, however, may eventually help remove any vestiges of doubt some may still have regarding Gary Condit’s innocence in the disappearance and murder of Chandra Levy.
Arrest in Chandra Levy Case ‘Imminent’, Sari Horwitz and Scott Higham, The Washington Post, February 21, 2009
Arrest Near In Chandra Levy Case?, CBS News