Grand jury could hear Dittmeyer murder evidence Friday
Jean Flayham, clerk of the Ossipee District Court, said it is possible that the state could present evidence in the death of Krista Dittmeyer, 20, of Portland, Maine, if not it will be two months before the next grand jury is seated.
Police believe the young mother went to an Ossipee apartment on April 22 where she was clubbed, robbed of drugs and money, bound and her body dumped in a pond in North Conway. Police found her 14-month-old daughter unharmed in an idling car parked at Mount Cranmore Ski Area. The child was still strapped into a car seat.
Three men were arrested in connection with her death. Anthony Papile, 28, of Ossipee, is charged with two counts of second degree murder. Michael Petelis, 28, of Ossipee, and Trevor Ferguson, 23, of Tamworth, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.
Those charges can change and the investigation is still ongoing, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, chief of the Criminal Justice Bureau.
Papile is being held without bail. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for Thursday but attorneys Jesse Friedman and John Bresaw filed a motion to continue for 60 days, which was approved by Judge Robert C. Varney.
Varney also approved a simlar motion to continue for Petelis, who was believed to be a friend of the victim. Ossipee attorney Erland McLetchie filed the motion on Peteliss' behalf. He is held on $250,000 cash bail.
Ferguson's attorney, John Clothier of Center Harbor, waived a probable cause hearing, which Flayham noted would allow the file to go upstairs to Ossipee Superior Court South just in time for tomorrow's scheduled grand jury. Ferguson is also held on $250,000 cash bail.
Young said tireless work by local and state law enforcement found the killers and that the work is continuing.
Warrants have been ordered sealed. But according to the public complaints, Papile and Petelis discussed arrangements to steal drugs and money from Dittmeyer. On April 22 at 9:43 p.m., Petelis allegedly sent her a text message telling her to call when she was on her way to 1880 White Mountain Highway, Apartment #1.
The state alleges Papile hid in the hallway and struck Dittmeyer on the head at least three times with a rubber club as she walked up the stairs and that Papile and Petelis bound her with duct tape.
The court papers indicate Papile placed Dittmeyer in the trunk of her car which police found occupied by the young woman's 14-month-old daughter, Aliyah, about 6 a.m. The child was unharmed and is now in the care of her maternal grandmother.
The complaint states Papile drove the woman's vehicle to Mount Cranmore ski area in nearby North Conway where he disposed of Krista Dittmeyer in the snowmaking pond at Cranmore Mountain Resort.
Ferguson, the complaint states, agreed to provide Papile a ride from the ski area.
After an intense search of the area over several days the body of Dittmeyer was discovered in the water April 27.
Dittmeyer is from Bridgton, Maine, about 25 miles east of North Conway and had many friends in the North Conway area. Her baby's father is serving a sentence in the Maine State prison at Warren for drug charges.
Papile is a long-time area resident who has had many run-ins with police. He was a seasonal employee at Mount Cranmore most recently in 2007.
Young said Petelis, who roomed with Papile, was the one who had a personal relationship with Dittmeyer.
"He was supposed to be her protector," said Young, but in the end "he set up her final demise."
Ferguson, of 398 Bear Camp Highway Tamworth, received about $20 in gas money and a small amount of drugs for his part in the crime, Young said.
Flayhan noted that even if the grand jury hears the case Friday, an indictment may not be announced until next Monday because of constraints on the court's time to get notification and registration of the information done before releasing it to the public.