North Dakota couple 'plotted to kill pregnant neighbour and steal her unborn child'

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A couple in North Dakota have been charged with conspiring to murder their pregnant neighbour and steal her unborn child.

The body of 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, was discovered by kayakers in the Red River eight days after she went missing from her flat on August 19.

A two-day-old new-born baby, which police believe to be hers, was allegedly discovered during a search of the home of neighbours William Hoehn, 32, and Brooke Crews, 38.

The pair have reportedly told officers in North Dakota differing accounts of how the baby came into their care, with Ms LaFontaine-Greywind alleged to have visited their apartment the day she went missing.

Savanna Lafontaine-Greywind, 22, whose body was found dumped in a river (AP)

Officers are waiting on DNA tests to discover if the baby is in fact Ms LaFontaine-Greywind’s daughter.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Ms LaFontaine-Greywind’s body was discovered “heavily wrapped in plastic and duct tape” in the Red River at the border of Minnesota and North Dakota.  

David Todd, the Fargo police chief, has said the expectant mother “was a victim of a cruel and vicious act of depravity”.

In interviews with detectives from Fargo Police Department, Ms Crews has claimed Ms LaFontaine-Greywind came to her apartment and handed over the new-born baby.

Days earlier, she claimed to have told the expectant mother how to induce child birth.

Both Ms Crews and Mr Hoehn face charges of conspiracy to murder, kidnapping and lying to investigators.

According to court documents, Mr Hoehn told detectives he had returned home to find his girlfriend cleaning up blood from the bathroom at their home.

Throughout the weekend, huge numbers joined a desperate search of the American state.

Sierra Demery, who babysat the expectant mother when she was a child, told the Star Tribune: “She was bright. She was into music and running around outside. Just the usual things for a kid that age.

“[The family] are nice, they have a close relationship with their children.”

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