NORTH CONWAY, N.H. – A car belonging to a Portland woman was discovered in the parking lot of a New Hampshire ski resort Saturday with the woman’s infant safe inside.

The car was still running and had its hazard lights on, but there was no sign of the child’s mother, 20-year-old Krista Dittmeyer.

The discovery of the late-model Nissan by a passer-by prompted a daylong search for Dittmeyer, who has friends in Conway and ties to both Portland and Bridgton.

Police and rescue workers responded and the child was taken to Memorial Hospital in North Conway where the child was evaluated and found to be in good health.

The baby has since been reunited with family members, police said. The young woman last spoke to family members by telephone at 8 p.m. Friday.

A social networking page under Dittmeyer’s name shows a 1-year-old girl in the profile picture.

Local and state police, Carroll County sheriff’s deputies and members of the New Hampshire Fish and Game and North Conway fire and rescue departments searched for Dittmeyer throughout the day.

The continuing investigation is being conducted by Conway police, New Hampshire State Police and the Carroll County Attorney’s Office.

Dittmeyer lives at 80 Tamarlane in Portland, though her car is registered to her at an address in Bridgton, police said. Authorities checked both residences but turned up no leads.

Dittmeyer graduated from Lake Region High School in 2008 and received the Frank Pike Jr. Memorial Scholarship and a scholarship from the Kendal C. & Anna Ham Charitable Foundation.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact Conway police at (603) 356-5715.

Staff Writer David Hench can be contacted at 791-6327 or at:

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