WASHINGTON -- The city's No. 2 police official said Friday that authorities were far from solving the mystery of a California woman who vanished 18 days ago with her bags left packed in her apartment.
"We're exploring all possibilities," said Terrance W. Gainer, Washington's executive assistant chief of police. "We don't yet know if she's missing on her own free will or against her own free will."
Meanwhile, police clarified a comment to The Washington Post by another police official concerning the woman, Chandra Levy, and Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif.
The Post quoted Ronald Monroe, the assistant chief, as saying that Levy had visited Condit's apartment "more than a couple of times." Police issued a statement saying, "Monroe now indicates that he was not confirming whether or not Levy had ever actually been to the apartment." The police statement said Monroe was confirming that the department was aware "of this unsubstantiated rumor" about visits.
When asked if Condit was the focus of police attention, Gainer said: "We have a very open mind of what may have happened to her, and we're not focused on any one person or any one scenario."
Condit "has been cooperative with us," said Gainer, who did not elaborate.
The April 30 disappearance so far is being treated as a missing person case rather than a criminal matter.
In a brief telephone conversation with The Associated Press, Condit's wife, Carolyn, said the congressman's relationship with the Levy family and Chandra was "friendship."
She declined to discuss her husband's whereabouts or other details.
"I'm not going to discuss anything," she said.
Condit, who has called Levy, 24, "a good friend," hadn't been seen on Capitol Hill since Wednesday. On Thursday, he missed a number of votes before adjournment later that day.
Levy, a graduate student at the University of Southern California, had just completed an internship with the federal Bureau of Prisons and had planned to attend graduation ceremonies in Los Angeles.
In Sacramento, Calif., about 35 people marched silently around the state Capitol on Friday clutching signs bound by yellow ribbons and bearing Levy's photograph and information on her disappearance.
"Chandra's supposed to be here tonight," to attend a graduation dinner at the USC's Sacramento center, said her friend, Jennifer Baker. "Because Chandra can't be here, I'm here and her friends are here for her."
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