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Parents of Chandra Levy Say With Help from Friends, Trying to Lead Normal Life

Aired July 30, 2001 - 12:18   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
DONNA KELLEY, CNN ANCHOR: Right now, we want to take you to Modesto, California, as we have heard from time to time, the parents of Chandra Levy speaking.

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DR. ROBERT LEVY, CHANDRA'S FATHER: We've got help from good people, and people are giving us a lot of and prayers and faith,. and help boost us up, and you know, hopefully some of the -- someone will have some leads or tips that will help the work on it. The police are not really searching the woods, but they are still working on things. And the FBI, I know is working hard.

QUESTION: When they talk about the scaling back that will continue through this week and when Chief Ramsey talks about the 50/50 chance of the case being solved...

LEVY: Yes, well it's just odds. It doesn't mean anything, really. It's just every individual person.

SUSAN LEVY, CHANDRA'S MOTHER: I went ahead and tried to contact some air patrol. And I don't know if they got my e-mail. But I did call them yesterday, and I know they have meeting on thus day night at Langley Air Force base, their national headquarters, which in Alabama. And if they need to -- if they could help, I would appreciate it. And I am not giving up, but my heart aches, and our heart aches, and it's very hard. It's very hard. Everyday is very hard. And we just wonder if anyone is out there and has our daughter, please reconsider, let her go. Let her come home to us. Take care of her and bring her home.

QUESTION: Dr. Levy, I asked this question to your wife over the weekend. I'd like to ask the question to you in your words. Your son Adam, how has your daughter's disappearance affected him?

R. LEVY: It's really hard on him. He's trying to function. He's staying around to comfort us. And it's just tough on him. But he has good faith, and he has faith that will find her and bring her back. So that helps keep us going.

QUESTION: The police are now saying as of today they came out publicly to say that Congressman Condit was not a central figure in this investigation, that they would not ask for another polygraph. How do you feel about that?

R. LEVY: That's what they think, so.

QUESTION: Would you like to see them continue?

R. LEVY: I would like to see them look at everything. I don't know if they have. They certainly, you know, doing things 12 weeks later, I'm not sure you can get the same facts you would have gotten early on, so.

QUESTION: Any questions that you would like to still see asked?

S. LEVY: We want to continue with the prayers and ask God and faith to bring her home. And as far as questions, we can't come up with anything right now publicly at this point, OK.

R. LEVY: Thank you.

QUESTION: Talk to us for a moment about the support you're receiving. We do see a lot of neighborhoods and friend come over. You had a friend in town from Ohio over the weekend. Can you talk about that?

S. LEVY: She's wonderful. She's a very good friend of mine, has a very big practice. She's a psychotherapist. We're like sisters and without the support of my friends, both across the country, and friends that are here, got together and had a barbecue, and took our horses and rode a little bit. For a moment, I had a sense of normalcy. But life isn't normal, as you know. We've had neighbors and friends across the town that have been very supportive. And at times like this you really find what's important. You know that your friendships are important, most important thing, along with your family and your health. Those are what really is important. This stuff is kind of superficial.

R. LEVY: We've got to keep the faith going, too.

S. LEVY: Yes.

R. LEVY: Thank you.

S. LEVY: OK, bye.

KELLEY: Mr. and Mrs. Levy, parents of Chandra Levy, who's been missing for more than three months now. They did have a friend of the family in over the weekend, a psychotherapist, said that they went and rode horses, had a barbecue, tried to have some sort of normal life. but as Mrs. Levy said, there's no normal life. And they have found out very painfully what's important in life. She said friends, family and health, and how it's been difficult on Chandra Levy's younger brother, too.

They're getting help from good people, they felt like, disappointed that 12 weeks later that they might not get the same facts from the police investigation when requested late in the game, they felt, and they said that the FBI was working hard, and that they were still looking for hopes, and prayers and leads. And they were asked about the odds. Of course, as the odds go, the longer she is missing, perhaps the odds are not as goods at finding her. And as her father said, they're just odds, doesn't mean anything.

Yesterday, Mrs. Levy had said, when we showed you her comments yesterday here on CNN, that she was talking about perhaps the National Guard, that the Civil Air Patrol to check in with them, or she had sent an e-mail, and she wasn't sure if they had gotten it. She said every day is very hard, and pleading, please, if you have her, then let her go.

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