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WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Rep. Gary Condit was questioned by law enforcement officers Thursday in the disappearance of former federal intern Chandra Levy, according to the congressman’s lawyer.

Carolyn Condit and the investigators met in the Washington area, according to a statement from the congressman’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell.

The statement did not reveal anything that was said and indicated that Condit, D-Calif., will continue his public silence about Levy, whom he has described as a “great person and a good friend.”

“The congressman hopes and believes that the caring public will not confuse his well-founded reasons for not fueling a misguided media frenzy with his … continued willingness to speak with those professionals who are working day and night to find Chandra Levy,” the statement said.

Levy, 24, of Modesto, Calif., was last seen April 30 at a Washington health club. Her internship at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons had ended and she was planning to return home to attend her graduation ceremony at the University of Southern California.

Condit’s office has denied a romantic relationship between Levy and the 53-year-old married congressman, who has represented her hometown since 1989. Levy’s mother has said her daughter told her she was seeing Condit.

Law enforcement officials have given no indication why they wanted to question Carolyn Condit other than their repeated statements that they wanted to talk to anyone who might shed light on the case. Carolyn Condit was on a rare trip to Washington during the time when Levy disappeared, according to Mike Lynch, Condit’s chief of staff.

Police Chief Charles Ramsey said in a news conference Thursday that officers have interviewed 100 people about Levy. Police also have used cadaver-sniffing dogs to search some area landfills, he said.

“The good news is we haven’t found anything that indicates she’s met with foul play. The bad news is that we haven’t found anything at all, period,” Ramsey said.

“As time goes on, the possibility of suicide becomes more and more remote, only because you think you would find the remains.”

A search of her apartment found nothing missing but her keys. Police have no evidence of a crime, no suggestion that Levy ran off, no similarities between Levy’s case and those of other missing persons, Ramsey said.

“We’ve not been able to find any links and believe me, we have looked,” he said.

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