Never-before-heard voicemail recordings of former California Rep. Gary Condit are shedding light on his interaction with Chandra Levy, the former federal government intern, who vanished while jogging in the spring of 2001.
In an upcoming 20/20 special investigating the mystery surrounding the 24-year-old’s death and disappearance, Condit, 68, is heard in voicemails trying to reach the woman in early May 2001 — after Levy was already missing.
“It’s 11:45, I’m sorry I’ve been tied up for the last few days, but you already know that,” Condit is reportedly heard saying in one voicemail.
In another, he is heard seemingly trying to arrange a get-together with Levy.
“Give me a rundown on kind of what your schedule is,” Condit is reportedly heard saying in the voicemails. “Things are looking pretty good for me today anyway. Bye.”
In another voicemail, Condit says, “Maybe you’re out of the country or something,” adding, “Anyway, give me a call if you get this message, bye.”
Levy was working as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., when she disappeared during a jog. Her remains were found a year later near a trail in the city’s Rock Creek Park.
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In an early interview with police, Condit reportedly admitted having an affair with Levy, but the married man has never acknowledged the romance publicly has since denied any extramarital relations with the woman.
Condit’s DNA was found on Levy’s underwear in her apartment, an FBI biologist testified during a 2010 trial for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted in 2010 of murdering Levy whose conviction was subsequently overturned. In July, prosecutors moved to dismiss charges altogether against Guandique.
Condit was ruled out as a suspect early in the investigation.
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The former representative spoke out about the case in a recent episode of the Dr. Phil show — and in in his new book, Actual Malice: A True Crime Political Thriller.
He told host Phil McGraw that he initially didn’t want to write the book or talk about the case, but his children persuaded him to tell his side of the story.
Still, he maintained that he had no affair with Levy.
“I did not have a romantic involvement with her,” Condit said when pressed. “I was not involved in her disappearance … in any way.”