Two murder suspects were swiftly apprehended thanks to a Hawaiian community’s social media sleuthing.
Telma Boinville was found murdered in a vacation rental on Oahu’s North Shore on Thursday. The 51-year-old was found in a pool of blood, having reportedly suffered blunt force trauma to the head.
Boinville’s eight-year-old daughter was reportedly found tied-up at the home, but was otherwise unharmed.
Suspects 23-year-old Stephen Brown and 20-year-old Hailey Dandurand were arrested Thursday night in Mililani, Hawaii News Now reports. The two were transferred to the Honolulu Police Department headquarters on Friday night.
Police arrived at the murder scene at about 3 p.m. on Thursday, shortly after visitors arrived at the rental unit and found Boinville’s body.
The victim’s husband, Kevin Emery, used social media to spread word that the suspects had taken his wife’s truck and that the male suspect had green hair.
Thanks to the community’s involvement, the truck was located within hours.
Retired federal agent Tommy Aiu remarked on the critical role social media now plays in investigations.
“In a case like this, it’s a tremendous help because the police can’t be everywhere and they can’t see everything but once they get the information they act on it and can apprehend the suspects involved it’s a tremendous win for the police department and the community,” Aiu said.
The two suspects have not yet been charged in the murder. Dandurand was arrested for car theft and Brown for a $20,000 warrant and criminal property damage after kicking out the window of a police car. The suspects reportedly laughed and smiled at the angry crowd as they were led to jail.
Brown was born in Ohio and raised in Florida, but moved to Hawaii with his biological father two years ago, according to Hawaii News Now.
Bend Police Department in Oregon revealed Dandurand was a “frequent runaway” with a medical history.
On Friday, the Haleiwa community came together to remember the beloved wife and mother with a vigil.
Boinville’s grieving husband spoke with a conciliatory spirit.
“It’s very hard for me to say this right now, but I forgive you, to the person who did this,” Emery proclaimed. “I know this is an act of evil.”
He also called on the community to show good will to one another:
“Love your friends, love your neighbors, love your families. And kill everybody with aloha. Because life is about aloha. Spread the aloha spirit so everybody around the world can feel it. That’s why they’re here. That’s why there’s traffic all here. They all want a piece of Hawaii to feel the aloha.”
Residents of the town took Emery’s words to heart, showing that even the most heinous acts of evil can be overcome with love.
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