CONWAY, N.H. (CBS/AP) – The sister of a Maine woman whose infant daughter was found in a car in New Hampshire says she believes her sister persuaded the person who forced her from her vehicle to leave the child behind.

A car belonging to 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer of Portland was found Saturday with its engine running and hazard lights flashing in the Cranmore Mountain ski area parking lot in Conway.

Police say there is nothing to indicate Dittmeyer left the area voluntarily. They are investigating the case as a possible crime. The Dittmeyer family is offering a $3,000 reward for information in Krista Dittmeyer’s disappearance.

Police said Monday afternoon that they are draining a nearby pond in an attempt as a precaution. They say they do not have a reason to believe Dittmeyer is in the pond, but it is too murky to see in it and they want to rule out any possibilities.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

Kayla Dittmeyer, the missing woman’s sister, told The Portland Press Herald her sister will talk her way through whatever she is going through.

Dittmeyer’s mother, Lanell Shackley, talked with WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson saying her daughter is very outgoing, very strong willed, and Dittmeyer’s daughter is Dittmeyer’s whole life.

“It’s hell. My heart is broken. It’s very hard,” said Shackley, who added her 14-month-old granddaughter seems to be confused and clings to her grandmother.

Police have been interviewing potential witnesses, but they do not have any leads on the whereabouts of Krista Dittmeyer.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports. 

Police executed two search warrants on Dittmeyer’s car and another car authorities seized in North Conway. The state police mobile crime lab was called to Conway to analyze evidence in those cars.

Authorities are trying to get another search warrant for Dittmeyer’s cell phone records.

“We want to make sure people have an accurate picture of her and her vehicle in hopes that it will jog their memory and that they may have a tip that is important,” said Lt. Chris Perley of Conway Police. He urged anyone with any information, whether they think it trivial, call Conway Police. The department can be reached at 603-356-5715.

Lt. Perley said he would not speculate on Dittmeyer’s condition. “I would just hope that she is safe or sound and that we can reunite her with her family,” he said.

Dittmeyer’s friends have planned a candelight vigil in her hometown of Bridgton, Maine Tuesday night. It will be at 8 p.m. at the Stevensbrook Elementary School.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.

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Comments (7)
  1. Lou says:

    Can’t help but wonder if there is a link between this case and the disappearance of Maura Murray..

  2. Nicole says:

    I looked up that dissapearance and I would have to say its unrelated. If anything this really calls into question if there is a person copying crimes from television. This exact crime was shown on Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior a few episodes ago. Mothers in NH (similar in looks to the missing women all were brunette and pretty) were being kidnapped, the children left behind in the cars. I am not one usually to comment on things I read here but I cannot because the similarity from the tv show and this news story is entirely too creepy to not comment on. I really hope the mother is found alive on well. I just feel awful for the family and are in my prayers.

  3. alan says:

    I don’t want to seem cold, or dispassionate, but there is something wrong with this girl’s mothers emotionless interview on CBS.

    To me, with the car running and lights flashing this has the appearance she walked away. I hope so!

  4. Dan says:

    alan you could be right..if you are taken from your car…you don’t have time to put on the flashers or do anything

  5. Ashley says:

    however, she could have been approached and since the sister says she talks her way out of everything. He/She may have had a gun or weapon and she may have said that she would go queitly with the intruder if she was able set her baby up with a car that has flashers so that people can see it easier, and not hit it or may even go to the car to make sure the passengers were alright, and alas finding the surviving baby.
    (really, what kind of con in training wants to bring a baby around anyway? i’m sure he’d agree, that is a different ball game with children kidnapped.)

    just a theory based on the story so far. Crazyness @ cranmore!!!

  6. Pete says:

    Instead of questioning the unknown, let’s all get the word out, keep our eyes open, and pray for this girl and her family. If someone has taken her, and has hurt her worse, let’s push our legislators to pass laws to keep these freaks locked up forever.

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