Baby’s Father Not Ruled Out As Suspect In Missing Mother Case

CONWAY, N.H. (CBS/AP) – Blood has reportedly been found in the car of a young mother who disappeared in New Hampshire last weekend.

Conway police say 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer of Portland, Maine is considered to be missing and in danger.

Her car was found Saturday morning in Conway with its engine running and hazard lights flashing in the parking lot of the Cranmore Mountain ski area. Dittmeyer’s 14-month-old daughter was alone inside.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

“We believe there is blood evidence in the vehicle,” Carroll County Sheriff Christopher Conley told the Union Leader.

However, Conway Police Lieutenant Chris Perley said there’s nothing to suggest Dittmeyer is not alive.

Perley declined to comment to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on the Union Leader report. He said the sheriff who released that information is not involved in the investigation.

The baby’s father, who is from Conway, was not in that town on Friday or Saturday, Lt. Perley told reporters. A source tells WBZ-TV that he is serving time in prison on an unrelated matter. Police will not say whether he has any involvement in Dittmeyer’s disappearance.

“I cannot say we ruled out anyone or included anyone cause, again, we are working on establishing what occurred,” said Lt. Perley said.

Meanwhile, the FBI sent three special agents to join the investigation in Conway, bringing the total to 11 of federal, state and local investigators dedicated to this case. Officials there are looking at Dittmeyer’s cell phone records and what she was doing on Friday, the day she was last heard from.

The Attorney General’s Office also has representatives in Conway, which is commonly an indicator that a death has occurred, but in this case the office says it is there to assist in legal issues.

Officers are discouraging individuals from organizing their own search in the Cranmore Mountain area.

Dittmeyer’s family is offering a $3,000 reward for help finding her.

Tuesday afternoon, Dittmeyer’s mother, Lanell Shackley, made a plea directly to her daughter, “I know you’re listening. I love you. You need to come home to us. I need you so much right now.”

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