Still no closure. Chandra Levy's parents opened up about the disappearance of their daughter in a new interview with the Today show on Tuesday, May 3, two days after the 15-year anniversary of her disappearance. Chandra — a once bright-eyed Washington D.C. intern — went missing in 2001.
"No matter what, we don't have our daughter back," Susan Levy told the NBC show on Tuesday. "[My husband Robert has] tremendous anger. I have tremendous sadness. The anger and sadness is really the same."
Susan has turned to painting as an outlet to deal with her grief. "Through moments of our very harsh pain, you transcend and you help others," she said. "The work is a lot of pain and I'm open about the pain that I've endured."
Chandra, a California native, interned at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was last seen on May 1, 2001. Amid the cold case, it was rumored that Chandra had been having an affair with her married hometown congressman U.S. Rep. Gary Condit. Condit denied the allegations, but his career never recovered. He wasn't reelected in 2002.
A prison inmate named Armando Morales later testified that his former cellmate, El Salvador immigrant Ingmar Guandique, killed Chandra. At the time, Guandique was already serving 10 years for attacking two women in D.C.'s Rock Creek Park, where Chandra's remains were found in May 2002. Guandique was charged with her murder in 2009, convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Guandique, meanwhile, has maintained his innocence. Last year, his attorneys petitioned the court, claiming that Morales' testimony was a lie. Guandique was granted a new trial, which will begin this October. For now, he remains locked up.
Robert Levy, however, is not convinced. "As far as I can see, it's just some defense attorney trying to make themselves a name and make more money," he told Today of the new trial. "He's guilty."
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