McFeely: Hoping for the best, fearing the worst in case of missing woman
Something happened inside the nondescript apartment building at 2825 9th St. N. in Fargo. Of that much we can be certain. The yellow police tape strung around the three-story, white structure told us that. A Fargo Police crime scene investigation vehicle was in the driveway. A North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation van was parked in the street.
A handful of police officers strolled nearby on an otherwise perfect late-summer evening. There was a breeze rustling the giant trees along the boulevard in the modest north Fargo neighborhood and just the hint of an oncoming chill, which you can read any way you want given the circumstances.
Something happened. What exactly, we will have to wait and see. The police will tell us when it’s time. We hope for the happiest ending possible at this point, but there is a deep well of foreboding. People are talking in all the different ways we talk these days, in person and on Facebook and every way in between, and the verdict is that whatever happened isn’t good. And perhaps it’s evil. That’s what people are saying.
We do know some facts. Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, 22 years old and eight months pregnant, disappeared Saturday after leaving her family’s first-floor apartment to help a neighbor who needed a model while sewing a dress. Wednesday, Fargo police acknowledged the search for Savanna was a criminal investigation. Thursday, police discovered a healthy two-day-old infant in an upper-level apartment in the same building in which LaFontaine-Greywind lived. Two people were detained for questioning.
At about 11 p.m. Thursday, police posted a Facebook update that read in part: “As further information was developed and evidence obtained, William Henry Hoehn and Brooke Lynn Crews were both arrested and charged with class A Felony Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping.”
The post said the police department would continue to search for Savanna.
We are left to hope for the best while fearing the worst. And with a two-day-old baby alive and no sign of Savanna, the worst could be unimaginable. The best, at this point, might be anything other than that.
The scene in north Fargo didn’t portend anything wicked might have happened in the white apartment building. There was a plastic Halloween pumpkin on the front step, near the front window in Savanna’s apartment. The sound of kids playing could be heard from McKinley Elementary School less than a half-block to the north. Not too many blocks away, festive music fans were streaming across 19th Avenue North and 10th Street toward the Fargodome, where Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were going to play a concert. Students, some of them new to Fargo, were strolling around the North Dakota State University campus.
Just another August evening in Fargo.
Except that something happened inside the apartment building at 2825 9th St. N. What that something is could put the city in the national news for reasons we would’ve never imagined.
Our minds go to places we don’t want to believe. There’s a sickness in the stomach. We hope our gut feeling is wrong. But we prepare for the worst.