Anonymous tip prompts family search at MN State park for Savanna Greywind

Published: Aug. 24, 2017 at 8:49 PM CDT
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Family and friends of Savanna Greywind spent part of Thursday evening combing through a Minnesota State park thanks to an anonymous tip.

Norberta Greywind, Savanna's mother, says she received a call from an unknown number Thursday morning saying she should look in Buffalo State Park in Glyndon to find something.

Savanna's boyfriend and family members made their way into the park hoping to locate any signs that would led them to Savanna's whereabouts. Community members who had heard of the search efforts joined in, and so did many of Savanna’s friends and acquaintances. The group faced a daunting task as Buffalo State Park is made up of 1,300 acres of land.

Friends, like Jordan Sowatzki, also joined in the search. Sowatzki was close friends with Savanna in high school and said, “it's heart breaking someone you know you went to school with and were close with.” She said her family planned to search until it got dark and is thankful for the community’s support in finding Savanna. “I just hope we can find her,” Sowatzki said.

Troopers with Clay County Sheriff's Office arrived at the park shortly after family members but stated that they were not there to search for Savanna because they had not been asked by Fargo Police to do so.

Lieutenant Mark Empting of the Clay County Sherriff’s office said “the reason we're here is to make sure that nobody gets hurt, make sure nobody gets lost in the park. We're here to assist anybody in the family or any type of volunteers to the family, with any type of medical issues they may have to make sure they're going be okay there. And then as well as we'd like to have people stop searching at dark that way we don't risk somebody lost out in the park.”

Savanna’s family asked her boyfriend and the relatives that were searching Buffalo State Park to return to Fargo around 7:30PM so they could regroup and figure out what to do next.