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Memorial and funeral services held for Krista Dittmeyer

KRISTA DITTMEYER with her daughter Aliyah. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
May 05, 2011
CONWAY — "It's with great sorrow that we tell you today that we located the body of Krista Dittmeyer," announced Assistant NH Attorney General Jane Young in a brief press conference last Wednesday at the site where the grim discovery was made, Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway.

Dittmeyer's body was found in a snowmaking retention pond, known as Duck Pond, four days after her Nissan Sentra was found in the parking lot, running, with its hazard lights flashing and her 14-month-old daughter Aliyah inside. Her body was found in the pond located about one-quarter mile from the abandoned car. According to reports, Dittmeyer had last spoken to her mother about 8 p.m. by cell phone Friday evening, April 29.

Police searched the grounds the day the vehicle was found and put out a plea to the community to come forward with any information at all that might be pertinent to the case. They also obtained two search warrants for two vehicles seized, Dittmeyer's and a second, still unidentified vehicle.

Dittmeyer's body left in a hearse last Wednesday about 5 p.m. and was sent for autopsy in Concord. Later, Young announced the next day that the cause of death was determined by the medical examiner as "pending" and authorities are now awaiting toxicology results which could take six weeks to two months.

In a twist, police received a call the night before Dittmeyer's body was found from Corey Poland just before midnight. He reported that he and a friend were searching the Cranmore property and found a flip flop that was reportedly the same kind of flip flop that Dittmeyer's roommate said she had been wearing the evening she was last seen, April 29, when she left her Portland, Maine apartment. Dittmeyer was a waitress in South Portland, was raised in Bridgton, Maine but had friends in the Conway area and would visit often.

Police have ruled out daughter Aliyah's father as a physical suspect in the case as he is currently incarcerated in Maine on charges of selling drugs. His brother, Richard Acker, was reportedly with Poland when the flip flop was found. Police met up with Poland, who was driving a grey Jeep Cherokee with Maine license plate "ITSAZOO" and Acker at Cranmore.

Hundreds of people showed up to support the family in what was first set as a candlelight vigil, but turned into a memorial service at the Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton, Maine.

On May 2 a funeral service was held for Dittmeyer and nearly 300 people turned out at Lakes Region High School in Naples, Maine where Dittmeyer graduated in 2008.

Police are still investigating Dittmeyer's death as a crime and ask anyone with information to call, anonymously if they wish, Conway Police Department at (603) 356-5715.

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