Krista Dittmeyer Case: Anthony Papile to plead guilty in drug dealing mother's death, attorney general says

Krista Dittmeyer, a 20-year-old Maine mother whose car and infant daughter were abandoned in a New Hampshire parking lot, appears to be the victim of a crime, police said Sunday. Local and state police are investigating leads and preparing evidence for analysis after Dittmeyer's car was found with its engine running and hazard lights flashing in the Cranmore Mountain ski area parking lot in Conway, said Lt. Chris Perley. Anyone with information is asked to call the Conway police at 603-356-5715.
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(CBS/AP) CONCORD, N.H. - Anthony Papile, a New Hampshire man implicated in the disappearance and death of a drug dealing mother from Maine, is scheduled to plead guilty Thursday,  CBS Boston reports.

Papile, 28, is charged in the death of 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer of Portland, Maine. New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney said Papile will enter a guilty plea and be sentenced in Carroll County Superior Court on Thursday.

Dittmeyer was missing after her car was found idling in the parking lot of a New Hampshire ski area in April 2011 with her 14-month-old baby inside, unharmed. Dittmeyer's body was found nearby four days later.

Papile was arraigned in May 2011 along with Michael Petelis, 28, and Trevor Ferguson, 23. In court documents, prosecutors outlined a plot by Papile and Petelis to ambush Dittmeyer and steal drugs and money from her.

CBS Boston reported that Dittmeyer was lured to Petelis' home on April 22, 2011 at around 9:45 p.m. Prosecutors said Papile ambushed her as soon as she climbed the stairs to the apartment, striking her head with a rubber club.

She was then bound with duct tape and put in the trunk of her car by Papile and Petelis. Prosecutors said Papile drove her car to the Cranmore Mountain ski area parking lot where he put her body in a pond nearby.

Prosecutors would not say whether Dittmeyer was alive when she was submerged in the pond.

Papile was charged with second-degree murder while Petelis and Ferguson were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young isn't saying what charge Papile will plead guilty to.

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