'Like her soul is gone': Older sister 'blown away' by charges against Brooke Crews
FARGO — An older sister of the woman accused in what may be one of the most horrific crimes ever in the Fargo-Moorhead area said she can't believe her family member is involved.
Dawn Dyer, of Star, N.C., is one of six siblings of Brooke Crews, who's charged along with her boyfriend William Hoehn of conspiring to murder Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and conspiring to kidnap her unborn child to claim as their own.
Dyer found out about the allegations when her mother messaged her a few days ago.
"Just unbelievable, unreal. I'm blown away," Dyer said in an interview with WDAY-TV.
Dyer said she and Crews hadn't been in touch, and the last time she was face to face with her was in 2007 at a family gathering. They sent messages back and forth a few times after that until the contact stopped.
She said Crews seemed "normal" then, a far cry from what she appears to be now.
"The Brooke I've been listening to or things that I'm hearing about her, just don't seem like the Brooke that I knew then," Dyer said.
The change could have been brought on by drugs, mental illness or abuse at the hands of men in her sister's life, Dyer said. Crews' physical appearance has changed as well.
"She looks like her soul is gone," she said.
According to court documents, Crews applied for a court-appointed attorney because she's unemployed due to an illness she didn't specify, and said she has "no family able to help."
Dyer disputed that, saying Crews wasn't estranged, and that she could have called any family member to ask for support.
Crews, 38, and most of her siblings grew up in Florida in the Bradenton-Sarasota area.
Dyer said her sister was "caring" and "lived life to the fullest" in her younger years.
She helped raise Crews and other younger siblings while her mother was working, until Crews left in her preteen years to live with her father, whom Dyer described as a "career criminal."
Dyer said she had no idea until hearing in news reports that Crews was a mother to at least seven children, and that she knew of only a few.
"I'm kinda confused about her wanting a baby because she's had opportunity to take care of her own children," she said.
Dyer would like to support her sister, but said instead, she would support the family of LaFontaine-Greywind.
"I love my sister, and I hate to see these comments about her. But at the end of the day, if I seen that happen to somebody else I didn't know, I would feel the same way they feel," Dyer said.