Condit 'not central figure' in Chandra mystery

Washington police have decided that Congressman Gary Condit ‘‘is not the central figure’’ in the investigation of intern Chandra Levy’s disappearance.

Washington police have decided that Congressman Gary Condit ‘‘is not the central figure’’ in the investigation of intern Chandra Levy’s disappearance.

Police have interviewed Condit, a California Democrat, four times, and at one point suggested they may seek their own lie detector test in addition to a private one the politician’s lawyers turned over to authorities.

‘‘I don’t think that’s going to happen ... we talked about doing that before. ... I think we’re really past the polygraph stage,’’ said Washington’s deputy police chief Terrance Gainer .

In the private lie detector test, which Condit passed, he denied any knowledge or involvement in Levy’s disappearance.

Gainer also said that despite the multiple police interviews with Condit, neither the congressman nor his wife was a central focus of the investigation.

‘‘Well, you have to understand that we’ve gathered a lot of information in this - a lot of electronic information, telephone records, banking records - and nothing has led us to Chandra Levy,’’ Gainer said.

‘‘And I really think it’s important to point out that the congressman, although interesting to a lot of people, is not the central figure in this, nor is his wife,’’ he said.

Chandra disappeared on May 1 while in Washington on an internship with the Bureau of Prisons.

In his third police interview, Condit acknowledged he had an affair with her. Police repeatedly have said Condit is not a suspect in her disappearance.

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