‘We are treating it as a criminal investigation,’ Fargo police say about missing pregnant woman
FARGO —Fargo police are treating the disappearance of a 22-year-old pregnant woman as a criminal investigation.
The Fargo Police Department's full investigative team is working on the case of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, who has been missing since Saturday, Chief David Todd said on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
"This is our No. 1 priority. All of our resources have been focused on this since the beginning," Todd said.
In a Wednesday afternoon email, Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said: "We are treating it as a criminal investigation and have since Sunday."
LaFontaine-Greywind lives in a first-floor apartment with her parents at 2825 9th St. N. Family members say she left the apartment Saturday to help an upstairs neighbor who needed a model while sewing a dress, but LaFontaine-Greywind never came home and hasn't been seen since.
She is described as 5-foot-4, with long brown hair, green eyes and tattoos on her right leg and foot.
Grand Forks police investigators were assisting in the case Wednesday, canvassing a northside neighborhood in that city for information.
Lt. Brett Johnson, head of investigations in Grand Forks, said his department was visiting homes around the 1800 block of Second Avenue North in search of information related to LaFontaine-Greywind's disappearance.
"We received a request from them (Fargo police) to help them on that case and to do a neighborhood canvass," Johnson said.
Johnson said the officers were in the neighborhood a few hours and would not be out again unless asked by Fargo police.
Anderson said Fargo police were "trying to corroborate statements and narrow our investigation and we asked GFPD to assist us."
Another news outlet reported that Grand Forks police were looking for four men. When asked about this, Anderson said that was not true.
"Just let me be clear," he said. "We are not looking for anyone. We know the whereabouts of the people mentioned in the report."
Meanwhile, a north Fargo woman says she's been falsely accused in a Facebook post of being involved in the disappearance of Lafontaine-Greywind.
The woman, Dawn Kirby, says she has a criminal past, but is not a monster. She said she has never met Lafontaine-Greywind and has nothing to do with her disappearance.
"I feel horrible for the girl. I know nothing," Kirby said. "I just don't want to be judged for this. I've been judged enough in my life."
Kirby is a registered sex offender for having sex with an underage male. Fargo police records indicate she lives at 2905 7th Ave. N.
Kirby said that she had voluntarily talked to Fargo police on Wednesday.
Deputy Chief Anderson confirmed a detective talked with Kirby on Wednesday. He said a woman who lives in the upstairs apartment at 2825 9th St. N. is not Kirby.
Fargo police did arrest a third-floor resident of the apartment building on a warrant for an unpaid fine sometime after Lafontaine-Greywind was reported missing.
The resident, Henry William Hoehn, on Wednesday paid in full the outstanding balance of the fine related to a violation of a no-contact order that did not involve Lafontaine-Greywind, court records showed. He was then released from the Cass County Jail.
Anderson said Hoehn was not questioned in connection with the case.
Norberta LaFontaine-Greywind, mother of the missing woman, said she sees Hoehn "every now and then."
A woman in Hoehn's apartment told a Forum reporter Wednesday evening that Hoehn was not there. The woman, who refused to give her name, didn't look at all like Kirby, and said she did not know Kirby.
Two people who live in LaFontaine-Greywind's building on the second floor, Christipher Miranda and Rhonda Grimli, said they heard noises in the bathroom above their apartment on Saturday afternoon.
"We were getting ready to leave (and) we heard a banging in the bathtub," in the third-floor apartment above them about 1:30 or 2 p.m., Miranda said. He said the sounds lasted 15 to 20 minutes.
"Then the shower turned on. It seemed kind of odd," Miranda said.