Suspects Offer Differing Accounts in Greywind Disappearance, Death

August 28, 2017 11:02 PM

One of two suspects in the disappearance and death of a 22-year-old pregnant Fargo woman allegedly told authorities she "took advantage" of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind in an attempt to take her unborn child.

But she reportedly claimed Greywind turned over her baby voluntarily, despite seemingly contrary claims from the other suspect.

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That's all according to the criminal complaint in the matter filed Monday.

Meanwhile, Greywind's family and friends -- as well as many who didn't know her --  held a candlelight vigil Monday night to pray and honor her life. One police officer estimated 500 were on hand to remember Greywind.

Greywind's father thanked the city for its support and the many volunteers who participated in the search.

A release from the Cass County Attorney's Office said Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, and William Henry Hoehn, 32, have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and providing false information to authorities.

RELATED: Fargo Police Say Body of Savanna Greywind has Been Found

At a press conference Monday morning, Cass County Attorney Birch Burdick said the conspiracy to commit murder charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. The conspiracy to commit kidnapping charge is punishable by up to 20 years in jail and a sizeable fine. The false information charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison.

The two made their first court appearance Monday afternoon.

TIMELINE: Savanna Greywind's Disappearance

The 8-month pregnant Greywind went missing Aug. 19 after her family said she agreed to help a fellow apartment tenant fit a dress. Police arrested Crews and Hoehn Thursday after discovering what is believed to be Greywind's 2-day-old baby. Authorities said at Monday's press conference the baby's parents have not yet been positively identified.

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Police said kayakers on the Red River found a body wrapped in plastic and duct tape against a tree near 90th Avenue North and 15th Street north of Moorhead. That body was determined to be Greywind's.

The body has been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St. Paul for an autopsy. The baby remains in protective custody.

Police said Monday the manner in which the baby was delivered has yet to be determined.

According to the criminal complaint, officers checked at the apartment of Crews and Hoehn numerous times following the report of Greywind's disappearance, but she was not located.

However, after obtaining additional information, a search warrant was executed Thursday. During the course of that search, an infant was located.

The complaint alleges Hoehn told authorities he arrived home at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 to find Crews cleaning up blood in the bathroom. He reportedly said she then presented him with an infant baby girl saying, "This is our baby. This is our family."

The complaint states Hoehn admitted removing garbage bags containing bloody towels and his own bloody shoes from the apartment and throwing them in an apartment dumpster in West Fargo.

According to the complaint, Crews said she arranged to have Greywind come to her apartment on Aug. 19 where she instructed her on "how to self-induce child birth by breaking her own water." But she said Greywind left her apartment before returning at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 to present Crews with the infant.

The complaint states Greywind did admit having multiple opportunities to turn the infant over to law enforcement or the Greywind family but did not.

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