The national spotlight on the case of Savanna Greywind may bring more attention to the plight of murdered and missing women in Indian Country
FARGO, ND—It has been a harrowing week for a Native family in Fargo, North Dakota. Since Saturday, August 19th, 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine Greywind has been missing.
At the time of her disappearance, she was 8 months pregnant, looking forward to bringing a new life into the world. This morning, authorities announced that after executing a search warrant, Ms. Greywind’s days-old baby girl has been found in an upstairs neighbor’s home in the same apartment building where Greywind resides with her parents. Greywind had last been seen on her way up to the neighbor’s apartment, where the female resident had asked Greywind for assistance with sewing a dress. When Greywind didn’t return several hours later, her family reported her disappearance to the police.
Days later, after police found the baby, the neighbors, Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, and William Henry Hoehn, 32 and were arrested and taken into custody for questioning. Both have since been charged with a Class A felony: conspiracy to commit kidnapping. One suspect, Hoehn, has a prior record of convictions for child abuse and neglect and domestic violence. Fargo police said that no other suspects are under consideration at this point, and that neither suspect has cooperated or answered any questions regarding the possible whereabouts of Ms. Greywind.
The baby girl is currently receiving medical attention at a local hospital while in custody of Child Protective Services. It is up to CPS if and when they will release the baby to the Greywind family.
Meanwhile, the investigation and search for Savanna continues.
In a press conference this morning, Fargo Police Chief David Todd asked that the public now help with search efforts. He asked that landlords check any vacant apartment units for any sign or evidence that anybody has been there, and that residents check buildings, garages, and dumpsters.
This case has already captured the attention of a nationwide audience, bringing light to the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, which has devastated Native communities everywhere for decades. Hope remains that Ms. Greywind will be found alive somewhere. Until then, the public will continue to help with search efforts, to support the Greywind family, and to follow the example of the local Native community, who are gathering en masse to pray for her safe return.
Responding in solidarity, buses and carloads of search parties from the Turtle Mountain Reservation, the Spirit Lake Reservation, and other nearby Native communities have arrived in the Fargo area to search for Savanna.
On Friday, Native students at Minnesota State University Moorhead, across the river from Fargo, organized a gathering to show support and offer prayers for the Greywind family. Dozens joined on campus to show support.
The Greywind family is in the process of setting up a bank account for donations. Meanwhile, volunteer search parties are welcomed and needed in the entire Fargo-Moorhead area. If you are joining in search efforts, it is recommended to bring reflective or brightly colored clothing.
ICMN will continue to report as updates become available.