FARGO - The following is a timeline of significant dates and times in the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind.
Brooke Crews tells her boyfriend, William Hoehn, that she is pregnant. The claim is a lie intended to keep Hoehn in the relationship. Crews later says she came to believe her own lie and that she thought her baby was due in mid-August.
Aug. 19, 2017
1:24 p.m. Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind sends a text message to her mother, saying she has ordered a pizza for the family’s lunch. Around the same time, she lets a family member know she is going to another apartment unit to help a neighbor with a sewing project. The neighbor is Brooke Crews, who lives in Apt. 5 with William Hoehn. Savanna is never heard from again.
2:33 p.m. Norberta Greywind, Savanna’s mother, sends Savanna a text message. Norberta later tells authorities she saw William Hoehn arrive at the apartment building sometime after that text message was sent but before 2:40 p.m.
Approximately 4:30 p.m. Norberta Greywind calls Fargo police to report her daughter missing.
Shortly after 5 p.m. Police arrive and conduct a consensual search of Apt. 5, but find nothing suspicious.
Approximately 10:30 p.m. Police make another search of Apt. 5, but again find nothing suspicious. (During the trial of William Hoehn on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder, Crews testified she lured Savanna to the apartment on the pretext of helping with a sewing project. Crews said she instigated a fight by accusing Savanna of harassing her cat and they fought. She claimed Savanna was knocked out when she fell and hit her head on a bathroom sink. Crews said she cut Savanna’s baby from her womb and she and Hoehn together hid her body in a bathroom closet. Later, she says, they put the body in a hollowed-out dresser, which they removed from the apartment building early on Aug. 21, 2017. Hoehn related a similar story as far as how the body was hidden and disposed of. Savanna’s healthy baby was apparently hidden in the covers of a bed during the first two searches of the apartment.)
Aug. 20, 2017
Police conduct a third, fruitless search of Apt. 5.
Aug. 21, 2017
According to testimony Hoehn gave during his trial, he and Crews took Savanna’s baby with them when they hauled the dresser containing Savanna’s body to a bridge over the Red River in north Fargo and dropped the dresser in the water. Crews testified she and the baby stayed at the apartment building and Hoehn left to dispose of the dresser by himself.
Aug. 22, 2017
Hoehn is arrested on an outstanding warrant after arriving home following a shopping trip to Walmart to buy diapers. He later bails out after being interviewed by police. Crews testified she carried the baby into the apartment in a bag while officers were arresting Hoehn and that she believed they were caught at that point. However, the baby was not discovered.
Aug. 24, 2017
Police execute a search warrant at Apt. 5 after learning of the diaper purchase and hearing that Hoehn told co-workers he and Crews had a baby over the weeknd. Savanna’s baby is found on a bed in the apartment, and Crews is arrested at the apartment. Hoehn, who by this time is being shadowed by police, is arrested at his job.
Aug. 27, 2017
Kayakers discover Savanna’s body wrapped in garbage bags snagged on a fallen log in the Red River. The spot is some distance north of the bridge where Hoehn said the dresser was thrown in the river.
Dec. 11, 2017
Crews pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and lying to police.
Feb. 2, 2018
Crews is sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole.
Sept. 4, 2018
William Hoehn pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping and providing false information to police. He is awaiting sentencing on those charges.
Sept. 18, 2018
Trial starts for William Hoehn on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder in Savanna’s death.
Sept. 27, 2018
3 p.m. Jury begins deliberations.
4:30 p.m. Deliberations stop for the day.
Sept. 28, 2018
Jury deliberations resume in the morning. A verdict of not guilty is announced shortly before 4 p.m.