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'Savanna was the victim of a cruel and vicious act of depravity:' Law enforcement releases more information

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FARGO — Law enforcement updated the public Monday, Aug. 28 on Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found Sunday in rural Clay County.

Suspects William Hoehn and Brooke Lynn Crews will appear Monday afternoon to face formal charges, Cass County State's Attorney Birch Burdick said.

The couple will appear at 2 p.m. today in Cass County District Court. They will face three charges each: conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and providing false information to law enforcement, Burdick said.

"We have no indication that there are any other suspects involved in this crime," a Fargo investigator told the public.

Burdick declined to give details about whether the case would become a federal one. At this time, it will be handled by Cass County District Court, but he will communicate with other agencies as more information becomes available.

"We just need to await facts," Burdick said. "If further information comes to us that leads us to believe that other jurisdictions would be appropriate than I will sit down with those jurisdictions."

Burdick explained that there are details the investigators and his office would like to share with the public, but should be withheld for judicial processes as the court case unfolds.

"There are reasons why we are careful about what we can share with you," Burdick said.

Officials identified the body found in rural Clay County Sunday evening as that of LaFontaine-Greywind.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said the farmstead they are treating as the crime scene has an abandoned house with barns, but it has not had an official address in years. The owner has been very cooperative with investigators, he said.

"The team that was searching, when they went to the house, they found some things that were very, very suspicious," Bergquist said. "That's what brought us there."

LaFontaine-Greywind's body was sent to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

Preliminary information from the autopsy is expected later Monday or early Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Clay County Sheriff's Department is handling the search and investigation of the farmstead that is believed to be a crime scene, Fargo Police Chief David Todd said.

"Savanna was the victim of a cruel and vicious act of depravity," Todd said.

A Fargo detective provided additional information about earlier searches of the couple's Fargo apartment. Officers searched that apartment twice for Savanna on Saturday, and a detective searched the apartment on Sunday.

There was no indication of Savanna or a child during those three searches, the detective said. The suspects were cooperative and there were no signs of a crime scene during those searches, he said.

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