Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who was eight months pregnant, disappeared from her Fargo, ND apartment on Aug. 18, 2017. Nine days later her body was found in the Red River.
During the investigation into LaFountaine-Greywind’s death, a 5-day-old baby was found at the home of her upstairs neighbor Brooke Crews, who claimed the baby was her own. DNA proved it was not. Crews then admitted she had cut LaFontaine-Greywind’s baby from her body.
On the night of the murder, Crews’ boyfriend, William Hoehn, returned home and found the crime scene. LaFontaine-Greywind was still alive. He strangled her with a rope to kill her. The coroner’s report could not ascertain whether LaFontaine-Greywind died from strangulation or from blood loss due to Crews cutting her baby from her uterus. Crews and Hoehn hid LaFontaine-Greywind’s body in their apartment for two days before putting it inside a dresser and taking it to the river where they attempted to dispose of the body. Two kayakers paddling on the river discovered LaFontaine-Greywind’s corpse, wrapped in plastic and duct tape, caught on a log and notified authorities.
Crews pleaded guilty to murder in December 2017. She was sentenced to life in prison. Hoehn was tried and convicted and also sentenced to life in prison. However, in 2019, he appealed his murder conviction, claiming Crews was the mastermind behind the crime. The Supreme Court of North Dakota found him guilty of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and of lying to the police, but he was acquitted of conspiracy to commit murder. His sentence was changed to 20 years in prison.