Washington D.C. police recently announced that they will be issuing an arrest warrant for Salvadorean Ingmar Guandique, 27, in connection to the eight-year-old murder of Chandra Levy; one of the most famous unsolved crimes in Washington D.C.’s history.
Levy was a 24-year-old intern for the federal Bureau of Prisons at the time of her murder. A series of missteps by the D.C. police department as well as intense media scrutiny involving congressman Gary Condit—who was involved in an extramarital affair with the intern—all served to complicate the case.
At the time of the murder, police initially focused on Condit, who has always maintained he had nothing to with Levy’s disappearance. Condit was never charged with any crimes, but lost his re-election bid in 2002 in part due to the doubt raised by the police investigation.
Chandra Levy's disappearance in May, 2001 coincided with two other knife attacks that Guandique, a day laborer, had committed in Rock Creek Park, where Levy's remains were eventually found. Guandique is currently serving a 10-year sentence in Adelanto, California for those crimes.
Halle Shilling, one of Guandique’s victims, has testified before the grand jury and spoken to investigators. She told the Washington Post that although investigators didn’t tell her that they had new evidence or witnesses, "My impression is they have a lot more. I can't believe Gary Condit was even a suspect."
"They said they were so sorry it took so long to talk to me," Shilling continued, "They really want to get to the bottom of this, and they are not going to sleep well until they get a conviction."
UPDATE: An arrest warrant was issued for 27 year old Ingmar Guandique yesterday in the murder of federal intern Chandra Levy. "It dawned on me that there's very little I can do or anyone else can do for the Levys other than to offer them justice," District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a news conference. "This has been a long time coming."