A missing pregnant woman has been found dead in a river

The expectant mother disappeared but a newborn baby was found five days later. Source Supplied

The expectant mother disappeared but a newborn baby was found five days later. Source Supplied

The quest to find her intensified when police found a newborn baby Thursday and arrested two suspects for kidnapping. LaFontaine-Greywind was eight months pregnant, and her family believed that she didn't just wander off.

Crews, 38, and William Hoehn, 32, are both charged with conspiring to kill 22-year-old Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and kidnap her unborn child.

The charge of conspiracy to commit murder, a Class AA felony, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole, while conspiracy to commit kidnapping, a Class A felony is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, Burdick said.

Fargo Police Chief David Todd told media last week authorities were investigating what had happened, with a number of scenarios being examined including whether the child was removed from Greywind's womb or if labour was induced. The baby girl now is in the hospital; her condition was not listed in reports. He reportedly said she then presented him with an infant baby girl saying, "This is our baby".

Inforum has reported that LaFontaine-Greywind was found on Sunday evening by kayakers who saw a "body-sized object wrapped in plastic in the river". The parking lot here at the softball fields has served as a headquarters for volunteers, many originally from tribal areas, searching for LaFontaine-Greywind around the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The lady's folks have told police she went to a neighbor's flat to chip away at a sewing venture and never returned.

DNA testing is being conducted to confirm that the baby is Greywind's as investigators work to determine the manner of birth.

Greywind, who has only seen photos of the newborn while the child's identity is being confirmed, says her daughter and her daughter's longtime boyfriend, Ashton Matheny, had already named their baby Haisley Jo. Todd added the plastic-wrapped body was found "hung up on a log", Valley News Live reported.

According to the complaint, Crews said she arranged to have Greywind come to her apartment on August 19 where she instructed her on "how to self-induce child birth by breaking her own water".

She was taken to a hospital and is now in the custody of Cass County Social Services, authorities said.

Police said her family has been notified. Todd says law enforcement began focusing their search on that farmstead after some "suspicious items" were found there, but he declined to reveal what those items were.

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