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USC Alumna Still Missing

Chandra Levy, who earned a master’s degree in public administration last December, disappeared May 1 in Washington, D.C., just 10 days before USC’s commencement ceremonies. Her case dominated the news all summer and continues to be the subject of extensive news reports, worldwide, every day.

Her disappearance has stymied Washington, D.C., police, who say they have no leads. The case has focused national attention on people who are reported missing. In the United States, 875,000 were reported missing last year alone. Since Levy disappeared in May, more than 150,000 have been reported missing.

The overwhelming number turn up unharmed.

Levy enrolled in the graduate program in USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development in summer 1999. She attended classes in Sacramento that summer, came to the University Park campus that fall, and in spring and summer of 2000 took classes in Sacramento. Last fall she split her time between USC campuses in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. Also last fall, Levy served an internship at the Bureau of Prisons as part of her master’s program. Her USC internship ended Dec. 18, but news reports had her continuing to work at the bureau beyond the end of her USC sponsorship.

Despite an intensive search for the missing Levy by Washington police, nothing is publicly known about her disappearance. Police say there is no evidence to warrant classifying her disappearance as a crime and no one, the police say, is suspected of wrongdoing.

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