Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old nurse assistant, and soon-to-be-mother went missing on August 19. She was last seen heading to an upstairs neighbor to get fitted for a dress.

After an arduous eight-day search by hundreds of volunteers, Savanna’s body was found and pulled from the Red River, near Moorhead, Minnesota on an abandoned farm. She had been wrapped in plastic and duct tape and was caught on a log.

Fargo police ruled her death a homicide.

Fargo Police Chief David Todd said in a news conference, “Savanna was the victim of a cruel and vicious act of depravity. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of this young lady.”


The next day, Brooke Crews and William Hoehn were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and providing false information to law enforcement.

Who are Brooke and William? They’re the “upstairs neighbor” where Savanna was last known to be headed.

According to a criminal complaint, on August 19 Fargo police responded to Norberta Greywind’s report that her daughter was missing. Savanna lived in the same building as her parents and “had gone to apartment #5 in the same building at approximately 1:30 pm … and never returned.”

Crews and Hoehn lived in apartment #5.


Police spoke with the upstairs couple and checked the apartment “numerous times,” but were unable to find Savanna nor any evidence that a crime had been committed.

Due to “additional information obtained during the investigation,” officers returned to apartment #5 and executed a search warrant. During their search, officers found Brooke Crews with a newborn baby girl.

Savanna’s newborn baby girl.

Crews was detained and sent to Fargo Police Department for questioning. Hoehn was found at his job where he was also arrested and brought in for questioning.

According to Crews, she had arranged for Savanna to come to her apartment where she “instructed Savanna on how to self-induce child birth by breaking her own water.” Crews told detectives that Savanna then left her apartment and returned on August 21 at 3:30 am holding her newborn baby. Crews claims Savanna gave her that newborn baby.

Crews went on to admit that she knew that she was taking advantage of Savanna in “an attempt to obtain her child and possibly keep the child as her own.”

Hoehn, however, had a different account. On August 19, at approximately 2:30 pm, Hoehn arrived home to find Crews cleaning up blood in their bathroom. Crews, upon Hoehn’s arrival, presented him with an infant baby girl.

“This is our baby, this is our family,” Crews told Hoehn.

Hoehn admitted to taking garbage bags containing evidence, bloody towels, and his bloody shoes, and disposing of them in an apartment building dumpster somewhere in West Fargo.

Savanna’s preliminary cause of death is “homicidal violence,” and it is currently not known how her baby was delivered. An official autopsy report isn’t expected for a few more weeks.

Ashton Matheny, Savanna’s boyfriend, is awaiting pending DNA results to confirm his paternity. Until that’s confirmed, he will be unable to see his daughter.