Crews, Hoehn to be charged in Greywind death

Aug 28, 2017

Charges will be filed this afternoon against two suspects in the disappearance and death of Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind. 

As law enforcement and volunteer search parties narrowed the scope of their investigation, Fargo Police Chief Dave Todd says two recreational kayakers came upon Greywind's body in the Red River.

"Recreational kayakers on the Red River found what appeared to be a body sized object heavily wrapped in plastic and duct tape, stuck against a tree, sticking out in the middle of the river. The body sized object wrapped in plastic and duct tape was retrieved from the river at approximately 8:20 pm, and a very preliminary examination at 9:30 pm by Fargo detectives confirmed it was the body of Savanna Marie Greywind."

Police perimeters have been set up around where Greywind was found near Harwood, North Dakota and around an abandoned farmstead just north of Moorhead, Minnesota. Todd says law enforcement began focusing their search on that farmstead after some "suspicious items" were found there, but he declined to reveal what those items were. Cass County States Attorney Birch Burdick says whether or not the case goes to federal court will be determined at a later date, but as of now, both 38 year-old Brooke Crews and 32 year-old William Hoehn will be charged in Cass County.

"Both Crews and Hoehn will appear today in their first appearances, that will be at 2 o'clock over at district court for Cass County over on 9th Street. At that time I anticipate they will be appearing on the following three charges, which would apply for each of them: conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and false information."

William Hoehn and Brooke Crews
Credit Fargo Police Department

Burdick says part of Crews and Hoehn's hearing will be determining if they need court appointed representation. Greywind's body has been sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.