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Ossipee man charged with murder of Maine woman

Robbery appears to be motive, two accomplices charged

NH FISH AND GAME divers searched the water May 11 that borders the property in Ossipee where police allege that Krista Dittmeyer was ambushed and put in the trunk of her car April 22. (Mellisa Ferland photo) (click for larger version)
May 19, 2011
OSSIPEE — Around the clock police work has resulted in three arrests in the murder of Krista Dittmeyer, 20, of Portland, Maine, according to NH Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young.

The suspects were arraigned May 11 in Ossipee District Court.

Anthony Papile, 28, of Ossipee is being held without bail and charged with second degree murder while Michael Petelis, 28, of Ossipee and Trevor Ferguson, 23, of Tamworth are each being held on $250,000 cash bail charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. All three men are scheduled for probable cause hearings today in district court.

Court documents spell out the events as police believe they happened on the night of April 22 and into the early morning hours of April 23. These are the details that the community has been looking for since Dittmeyer's body was found in a snowmaking retention pond at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway April 27.

Everyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Police spelled out in a two-page document filed with the court what they believe happened. The document alleges that Papile and Petelis discussed an arrangement to steal drugs and money from Dittmeyer. Petelis then sent a text message to Dittmeyer at 9:43 p.m. on April 22 telling her to call when she was on her way to his apartment at 1880 Route 16 in West Ossipee so he could leave the door unlocked, as he had company. When Dittmeyer arrived and was walking up the stairs to the apartment, Papile allegedly struck her on the head with a rubber club. Papile and Petelis then bound her with duct tape and put her in the trunk of her Nissan Sentra. They say Ferguson agreed to give Papile a ride home from Conway back to Ossipee. He then drove from the apartment to Conway. Papile drove Dittmeyer's car to Cranmore. Police say Papile then removed Dittmeyer from the trunk and "disposed of her bound body" in the snowmaking pond. Ferguson then picked up Papile in the parking lot at Cranmore. Papile gave Ferguson money and drugs in exchange for the ride and also gave Petelis money and drugs that were taken from Dittmeyer.

It was 6:30 a.m. April 23 when a passerby reported Dittmeyer's car in the lot at Cranmore, its engine running, hazard lights flashing, and Dittmeyer's 14-month-old daughter Aliyah in the back seat. As snow fell throughout the day, police searched the Cranmore property. Over the next couple of days, police downgraded the search efforts at the property to focus on leads and process evidence including Dittmeyer's car and another unidentified car they had seized. In the meantime, Dittmeyer's family pressed on holding out hope that she was still alive. They offered up a $3,000 reward and the story was featured in newspapers and on news channels across the country including Good Morning America and the Nancy Grace Show as people wondered how anyone could take a mother from her daughter.

On April 26 at 11:56 p.m. police received a call from the brother of Dittmeyer's boyfriend who claimed that he and a friend took it upon themselves to search around the Cranmore property and had found a flip flop they believed Dittmeyer had been wearing the night she was last seen. The next morning, April 27, at 9 a.m. police roped off the snowmaking pond, referred to as "Snow Pond" and spent the day at Cranmore. At 5 p.m. a hearse arrived and left the property. At 6:30 p.m. Young announced that, sadly, the body of Dittmeyer had been recovered from the pond and taken to Concord for autopsy. The next afternoon she reported the initial autopsy revealed the cause of death to be "pending" and further tests were being done including toxicology tests. Results of those are not expected until June. What had been scheduled as a candlelight vigil turned into a memorial service as hundreds, including Dittmeyer's mother, sister, and daughter attended the service held April 28 at Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton, Maine.

There were no new reports until 12 days later, on May 11, when the NH Attorney General's office announced the arrests of Papile, Petelis, and Ferguson.

The complaint filed against Papile lists his address as 9 Lattie Lane in Center Ossipee and that he is 5'11, weighing 227 pounds. This is compared to information released by police when Dittmeyer first went missing that she was a mere 5'2" and weighed just under 120 pounds. The complaint alleges that Papile "did cause the death of Krista Dittmeyer recklessly under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by suffocating and/or drowning her."

In comments to the press following the arraignment of the three men May 11, Young would not comment on whether or not a confession had been made or how police obtained the information needed to make the arrests. They also have not specifically stated where Dittmeyer died, at the apartment building in Ossipee, in the car on the 25-mile ride to Cranmore, or if she was alive when she was submerged in Snow Pond.

According to a report in the Conway Daily Sun, Papile worked as a seasonal employee at Cranmore four years ago. In other information obtained about him, he is married and has a two-year-old son and his wife is expecting a baby.

Of the three, Ferguson has a Facebook social page on the Internet. He is listed as Trevor Buddah Ferguson, a resident of Tamworth, and a chef at Chequers Villa in Tamworth. There are limited postings on his page except for a 2:16 a.m. post on April 24 that reads, "Thank you very much to everyone that wished be a happy birthday….it was a great day!"

All three men have been appointed an attorney and are scheduled for probable cause hearings, today, May 19, at 3 p.m. in Ossipee District Court.

Garnett Hill
Martin Lord Osman
Penny Pitou
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