Friends Hold Vigil Following Mother’s Mysterious Death

CONWAY, N.H. (CBS/AP) — What was supposed to be a vigil by residents in Bridgton, Maine Thursday night, turned into a memorial for Krista Dittmeyer and a show of support for her family.

Friends gathered at the town’s elementary school to remember the mom whose body was found Wednesday in Duck Pond in Conway, New Hampshire on Wednesday.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

On Thursday, police in Conway had cordoned off the area where Dittmeyer’s car was found Saturday morning. Police tape still remains around the pond.

The pond is about a quarter mile from where the 20-year-old mother’s car was found at Cranmore Mountain. The engine was running and hazard lights flashing. Her 14-month-old daughter was alone in the car sleeping. The child is now being cared for by Dittmeyer’s mother.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young would not say Wednesday what led police to search the pond, only saying it was part of the investigation. Young would also not comment on the cause of death, but said it is being treated as suspicious.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

The medical examiner’s office conducted an autopsy Thursday, but Young said the results would not be released pending further investigation and toxicology results. Young said those results may not be available for six to eight weeks.

The woman’s sister, Kayla spoke at Thursday night’s memorial.

“Krista, I love you so much. I hope you see how many people care about you right now,” she said. “We know you’re looking down and your daughter’s going to grow up to be an amazing person just like you were.”

She also offered her appreciation to thosue who helped in the search and recovery.  “I really want to thank the people that helped find her,” said Kayla.

The child’s father is currently serving time in prison on a drug-related conviction.

Richard Acker, 28, the brother of the child’s father, was stopped by Conway police at 11:52 p.m. at Cranmore. According to a police report, Acker was with Corey Poland, 25, of Portland, Maine, who was arrested on a charge of willful concealment.

The report says the men told an officer they were friends of Dittmeyer’s and they were looking for her. They also said they were looking for a fort someone had built in the woods, and found a flip-flop Dittmeyer was wearing on the day she disappeared. The men said they left the flip-flop where they found it.

 Dittmeyer grew up in Bridgton and graduated from Lake Region High School three years ago. She was living in Portland, Maine, and working as a waitress at a South Portland restaurant when she disappeared.

A fund has been set up to help the family cover the costs of memorial services. 

You can drop off donations to any TD Bank or mail them to:

Krista Dittmeyer Family Fund

P.O. Box 173

Bridgton, ME 04006

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  • peter nivling

    i cant get over this. absolutely tragic!

  • Walshy

    This is truly sad. My heart goes out to Krista’s family and especially her young daughter who will never truly know her mother.

  • Mann

    More tragedy that never seems to end. How sad for this little girl who had already lost her father to prison, and now her mother so horrifically. I do hope they solve this case and if someone is responsible for this young lady’s death, that they will be caught. It will bring justice to the family, but it will never bring closure.

  • emom

    Why do people resort to this, What purpose in the end does it serve…. I do hope these anmials are caught and soon…. that poor baby..the poor family…..

  • Captain Al

    Richard Acker, 28, the brother of the child’s father, was stopped by Conway police at 11:52 p.m. at Cranmore. According to a police report, Acker was with Corey Poland, 25, of Portland, Maine, who was arrested on a charge of willful concealment.

    It would be nice if the above paragraph was written so that it made sense. Who was arrested and what day? Today? Yesterday?

    • D

      Corey Poland was arrested as he shoplifted from LL BEan, but they found the flipflop and called police who then met them, questioned and released Ricky Acker…then Poland on Personal recog.

  • TD

    Looks like the baby’s uncle should be a suspect here.

  • angel

    Corey Poland was arrested that night for an open warrant for a previous charge of willful concealment


  • jerry

    Sounds like the father and brother and the other guy from maine had something to do with it i bet ,i hope im wrong but that poor child will suffer now because her mother is gone and dads in prison , its a shame this poor child has a ruff life ahead of her . I hope that the grandmother takes care of this child a lil bit better and that the persons who did this gets the death penalty for this senseless crime .

  • Angel

    there isalso an article posted that there was an armed robbery at a seafood restaurant at 7:30 the night the babies uncle andhis friend were seen walking near where her body was found. The police where looking for the person who was early 20’s white male and they were looking for him in the woods nearby. I’m guessing thats were the willful concealment may have come from. Maybe just a coincidence and why hang around the area if they were involved but timewill tell. I hope they find the killer for her families peace of mind and pray for them and especially that poor little girl.

    • D

      another idiot heard from…willful concealment is SHOPLIFTING…he stole something from LL Bean a while ago and they called the police when they found the flipflop as reported in the Conway Daily Sun

  • Alberta

    Our thougths and prayers go out to Krista’s family and her beloved daughter.

  • Buddy

    To be walking mysteriously around looking for someone who wasn’t even missing yet is a clue in itself. No question in my mind the two questioned had something to do with this. Come on could this really be a coincidence? I doubt it.

    Just a speculation, but boy a strong one.

    • D

      learn how to read “Buddy” they were there Tuesday, she was missing since Saturday…and they called the cops



    • Sensibility.

      A little late for prayers, isn’t it?

  • Cinque

    One can only wonder how such a beautiful girl could get involved with such losers. The boyfriend/father is away for drug dealing and the brother has a warrant to go along with a pretty flimsy story. Unbelievable.

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  • judy finley

    senseless and just a shame , but this world that we live in GOD HELP!

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