Police Confirm Body Found Is Savanna Greywind

Chelsey Luger

Two Suspects believed to have been involved in her abduction and death have been arrested and remain in custody

Police confirmed last night that the body of Savanna Greywind, a 22-year-old woman who had been missing for over a week, has been found in the Red River near Harwood, North Dakota.

Ms. Greywind was 8 months pregnant on August 19, the day she went missing. The tragic discovery of her remains comes just days after her newborn baby girl was found alive in the home of the suspected kidnappers, who are now suspects in Greywind’s murder. Fargo police arrested Brooke Lynn Crews and William Henry Hoehn several days ago, and they remain in custody.

Following a lead, authorities and volunteer search parties had been searching the area of a farmstead near Harwood for some time. Kayakers eventually discovered Ms. Greywind’s body in the water, wrapped in plastic and caught on a log. Water rescue crews removed the body around 8:00 p.m. Sunday night. The body was later identified as Greywind and has been sent to Ramsey County, Minnesota for an autopsy.

The search and prayer efforts for the Greywind family galvanized the regional and national Native American community, and many Natives have been active in daily attempts to locate Savanna Greywind. The criminal epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women has plagued Native families for decades, and Native women are many times more likely to be the victims of violent crimes like rape and murder than women of any other ethnic group.

Ms. Greywind’s case captured the hearts and concerns of millions of people around the nation, appearing on nearly every national news outlet and TV program. While the details of the crime are still under investigation, it appears to be a case of what experts term “fetal abduction,” when a baby is stolen from the womb of a pregnant mother. It is an unspeakably horrific crime, and extremely rare. Even in a world where violence against women happens every minute, fewer than 20 cases of fetal abduction have ever been recorded in the U.S.

Fargo police will hold another press conference at 11 a.m. with more updates, and it is expected that the details surrounding Greywind’s murder and disappearance will continue to unfold with the investigation and trial over coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, the Greywind family, whose relatives are from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Spirit Lake Nation, and whose friends and supporters come from tribal nations all over, have requested that the public hold off on monetary donations, as they are working with a non-profit, the Sacred Journey Lodge, to set up an official account with US Bank.

All are welcome to continue to pray for Ms. Greywind, her family, and her baby girl.

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