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Chandra's mom: 'Time is excruciating pain'

Family says not knowing what happened is hardest part

Susan and Dr.Robert Levy on CNN's "Larry King Live"  

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- With their daughter missing for a year, the parents of Chandra Levy said Tuesday they mark each day with a mixture of heartache and hope -- mourning her absence, cherishing her memory and believing, at times with difficulty, that she will one day return to them.

"Unfortunately, we don't really expect to hear anything, you know, from one day to the next because it's been so long that we haven't heard anything," Dr. Robert Levy, Chandra's father, said in an interview on CNN's "Larry King Live" Tuesday night.

"You know, we hope to. We hope to get a call saying they found her and she's alive and, you know, she'll be back."

Susan Levy, the young woman's mother, said she doesn't react to incoming phone calls with much anticipation.

"I would say that I don't think I jump thinking that she's going to be on the other line, but I'm going to tell you, Larry, that I still have faith and hope that Chandra will come back to us alive."

Levy, a former intern with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, was last seen in Washington one year ago. While she is just one of thousands of young women missing in the United States, her case generated tremendous publicity last summer because of her connection to Rep. Gary Condit, D-California.

Her family and police sources said Condit -- a 53-year-old married grandfather -- had an affair with the 24-year-old woman. Condit repeatedly has refused to say whether he was romantically involved with Levy, calling it none of the news media's business.

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The scandal and Condit's conduct during the investigation by police and the FBI cost him his political career, which includes 14 years in Congress.

His re-election bid ended when he lost a March primary. Chandra Levy's family contended he impeded the investigation by not immediately revealing to police the nature of his relationship with the woman.

Neither Condit nor anyone else has been named as a suspect in the case, which police are handling as a missing-person investigation.

Earlier this month, however, Condit was called before the Washington grand jury investigating Levy's disappearance under the direction of the U.S. attorney's office.

As they have before, Levy's parents -- who live in Modesto, California -- said they believe Condit knows more about their daughter's disappearance than he has said. They offered no evidence to back that claim, and Condit has repeatedly said he had nothing to do with Levy's disappearance.

"He does know something, though," Bob Levy insisted.

The Levys also revealed that shortly before the November election Condit's adult son, Chad, called them and expressed a desire end the rift between the two families.

"He said, 'I'm calling on behalf of my father,'" Susan Levy recalled. "'My father wants to know what's going on in Washington, D.C., as far as the investigation, and my father would like to mend the fences between our families.'"

Asked what her response was, Susan Levy said, "I didn't say much."

During his re-election campaign, Condit told voters he could help keep the case on the front-burner if they kept him in office.

"We didn't think much of that as an election ploy," Robert Levy said.

Talking about her daughter's absence, Susan Levy pointed out that she no longer wears a wristwatch.

"Time is excruciating pain when you're waiting and hoping for answers," she said.

Robert Levy said not knowing what happened to his daughter is the hardest part of his family's ordeal.

"Every day, you wake up in the morning and ... it's the same thing," he said. "She's not -- we don't have her, we don't know, and we've got to go through another day."

The Levy family appealed to anyone who might have information about Chandra Levy's whereabouts to call 1-800-860-6552 or to visit the Web site of the law firm handling the case:




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