North Dakota police are one step closer to solving the tragic and mysterious disappearance of a 22-year-old pregnant woman who went missing nine days ago.
Police in Fargo, North Dakota said two kayakers found Savanna Greywind’s body wrapped in plastic in Red River on Sunday, according to the Daily Mail.
An autopsy has not yet been performed, but it appears that Greywind was not pregnant when she died. Police believe they found the young woman’s baby, a newborn girl, inside her neighbors’ apartment, the report states.
Police arrested the neighbors, William Henry Hoehn, 32, and Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder conspiracy.
Police said she is believed to have visited Hoehn’s and Crews’ apartment right before she went missing on Aug. 19. Greywind was 8-months pregnant at the time.
On Friday, police said they believe they found Greywind’s newborn baby girl in their apartment; however, they are waiting on a DNA test to confirm this. The baby girl currently is in the hospital; her condition was not listed in reports.
KFGO reports more about what happened:
Crews says she lured Greywind to her apartment and told her how to self-induced labor. She claims Greywind returned to the apartment later and gave her the newborn.
Greywind’s body was found in plastic bags wrapped in duct tape in the Red River. Both Hoehn and Crews are charged with murder-cospiracy, kidnapping-conspiracy and giving false information. Bond was both was set at $2-million.
Hoehn told police he arrived home from work one day and found Crews, his girlfriend, cleaning up blood in the bathroom – allegedly from the baby girl’s premature delivery. He said he did not have anything to do with the baby’s birth, but he threw away garbage bags with bloody towels and bloody shoes – evidence in the case.
The FBI also is involved in the investigation.
Some experts believe the extremely rare but highly disturbing crime of abducting babies in the womb is increasing in the U.S.
“Also known as cesarean kidnapping, it occurs when a woman desires a child so badly she is prepared to attack a mother-to-be and cut the baby from her womb, then try to pass it off as her own,” according to a report in The Guardian about the brutal trend. Whether this was a motivation in the North Dakota case is unclear.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported 18 cases of fetal abduction since 1983 in the U.S., but 14 have occurred in the past decade, according to The Guardian. Four additional attempts were foiled, the report states.