Police Comb Park for Clues in Levy Death

The young woman's body had apparently been in the park for a long time, and the bones were not all in one location, Ramsey said on Wednesday. Investigators still did not know this morning whether the area where the remains were found was where Levy died, or whether the body had been moved, the police chief said on Good Morning America.

James Starrs, a professor of forensic science at George Washington University Law School, said on Good Morning America that it was surprising that in all this time, no one noticed the "aroma" of a decaying body in the park.

"You're talking about a very putrid and pungent [odor]. There are breezes that would blow it quite a distance," Starrs said. "I am surprised that no one alerted anyone to the fact of the existence of that aroma."

Levys Enduring ‘Nightmare’

Ramsey said Susan and Robert Levy, the young woman's parents, learned of the identification of the remains while watching the news, despite his efforts to make sure they were informed first.

Friends and neighbors held a candlelight memorial Wednesday night and flags in Modesto, Calif., the Levys' hometown, were flown at half-staff today, but the Levys themselves have stayed in their home. They have made no public statement since police announced that the remains found were their daughter's.

The Levys, who conducted an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier in the day before being told about the discovery, said through their attorneys that the discovery was the realization of their worst nightmare as parents, and they will not rest until Chandra's killer or killers are found.

One of their attorneys, Billy Martin, said from Florida the discovery does not "solve the mystery" of what happened to the former Bureau of Prisons intern.

"On behalf of the Levy family, police and our investigators will continue our investigation until we find the person or persons who did this to Chandra," Martin said. "As a parent, you can appreciate that this is the worst nightmare any parent can endure."

Outside the Levys' home, Judy Smith, the family's spokeswoman, that the family was deeply saddened but was determined find some answers in Chandra's death.

"While the death of their daughter provides some resolution, it does not provide answers as to what happened to Chandra and we will continue to pursue that matter," she said.

The Levys also thanked all law enforcement and supporters who continued to give words of encouragement throughout their ordeal.

Condit Offers Condolences in Statement

Sources have said Rep. Condit, 54, admitted to police that he had an affair with the young woman — whose hometown, Modesto, is part of his district — right up until she disappeared.

Condit was in Washington on Wednesday and released a brief statement Wednesday night through his lawyer, Mark Geragos.

"Congressman Gary Condit and his family want to express their heartfelt sorrow and condolences to the Levy family," the statement said. "The Levy family will remain in our prayers."

However, Geragos was critical of the police effort.

"It's certainly not a red-letter day for the D.C. police," he said. "If, as reported, she left [her apartment] with only her tennis shoes and her keys, and was going jogging, wouldn't you look on the jogging trails? How do you miss somebody? It's mind-boggling."

Police have stressed Condit is not considered a suspect, but the scandal hurt the once-popular lawmaker's standing with his constituents. The six-term congressman, who is married, lost his reelection bid to a former aide in a Democratic primary in March. ABCNEWS' Pierre Thomas contributed to this report.

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