Missing intern Chandra Levy did not kill herself, her parents insisted yesterday.
Chandra, a "good friend" of Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., vanished from her Washington home without a trace two months ago.
Police have competing theories in the case — murder, abduction, suicide — and there's no hard evidence to support or reject any of them.
But the Levys were adamant that their 24-year-old daughter has not committed suicide.
"I know my daughter enough to know," Susan Levy told the Modesto Bee, where Chandra once worked in the sports department.
Her father, Robert, agreed his savvy and self-assured daughter was an unlikely candidate to end her own life.
"She had an ‘I can take care of myself' attitude," he said.
But Chandra's mom, Susan, 54, conceded something terrible may have happened to her only daughter.
"I want to believe she is safe and hiding," she told The Los Angeles Times. "I believe miracles can happen and mountains can be moved ... but every day it gets harder."
Mark Steele, an ex-boyfriend of Chandra, also scoffed at the suicide angle.
"The Chandra I knew was street-smart as well as book-smart, and she had her feet firmly planted and was very independent," the former Modesto cop said.
"This idea of suicide because of a breakup or because she was depressed over a job not coming through doesn't make sense. She was packed and ready to come home."
The Levys said their daughter was well able to cope with adversity.
But Chandra appeared to be fascinated by powerful, older men, according to her mother.
"She finds men are more interesting," her mom said. "And she likes people who are strong and have strong personalities. She liked people in law enforcement and power."
The last time the Levys spoke with their daughter was April 27, four days after her internship at the Bureau of Prisons ended.
"She was surprised by the job ending, but not devastated," Susan Levy said. "She went to see the Holocaust Museum and did some other things. She wasn't down at all."