05/23/2002 at 12:00 AM EDT
Some 13 months after her disappearance -- a mystery that captured the attention of the entire nation and helped bring down California Congressman Gary Condit -- the scattered, skeletal remains of 24-year-old federal intern Chandra Levy were found in a deeply forested, 17-acre Washington, D.C., park, reports The Washington Post. On Wednesday, police announced that, based on dental records, the medical examiner had identified the remains, which had been found by a man walking his dog, as being Levy's. What still has not been answered is how long her bones were there, whether the park was the murder site or simply a burial site (after she had been killed elsewhere), or even how she was murdered. "There certainly is more work to be done by the medical examiner," D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey told The Post. As Billy Martin, the attorney for Chandra's parents, was quoted in the paper: "It is news I had hoped I would never have to share with Dr. and Mrs. Levy." Robert L. and Susan Levy are said to be grieving privately after being informed that the saga of their daughter has concluded with the worst-case scenario. Condit's involvement in the case, particularly charges that he stonewalled investigators, has been cited as the main reason that he lost his bid for re-election in March's Democratic primary election. (He had represented the Modesto, Calif., district for the past 13 years.) In a statement prepared by attorney Mark Geragos -- who is also representing actress Winona Ryder in her alleged shoplifting case -- and dispatched to news outlets Wednesday night, Condit, 54, who allegedly had a relationship with Levy, said that he and his family "want to express their heartfelt sorrow and condolences to the Levy family. The Levy family will remain in our prayers."