A woman who was cleaning up a rental home near Rockpile, Hawaii was tied up and beaten to death with a baseball bat on Thursday. As if that wasn’t horrific enough, her 8-year-old daughter was with her at the time, and tied up while her mother died. The victim has been identified as 51-year-old Thelma Boinville Emery.
“They tied up my daughter and they beat my wife to death with a baseball bat,” Kevin Emery, Boinville Emery’s husband told Hawaii News Now. “They won’t even let me in the house because it’s so bad.”
A family member of the victims put out a plea on Facebook stating, “I have $100,000 cash, right now, for anybody who can tell me who just tied up my niece and duct taped my niece and killed her mother at Ke Iki beach on the North Shore of Oahu. $100,000 right now if you can tell me who just murdered my twin brother’s girl.”
And, that’s when concerned citizens, including famous surfers, stepped in. Garrett McNamara, a well-known surfer shared the post and may have helped lead to their capture.The pair was arrested in a Walmart where the victim’s vehicle was found. It appears that social media sleuths discovered the truck.
The online community pointed fingers at a man and an accomplice. The pair were later arrested on suspicion of murder. They were identified as 23-year-old Stephen Brown and 20-year-old Hailey Kai Dandurand.
“This is the guy people are saying is wanted in connection to the murder that happened earlier today on the north shore,” one vigilante wrote the alleged suspect's Instagram. “Please keep your eyes open for this guy and this girl who may be with him.”
Before they were arrrested, one person wrote on a video of the two suspects, “Murderer, Turn yourself in with your boy before we catch you it’s the best option you got scrub.”
Brian Emery, the victim’s brother in law told KITV, “It’s a small island and I put out a shout out on my Instagram for anyone that can find the suspect. Everyone sent me pictures based on Makana, who was tied up upstairs, she knew that the guy had green hair so it breaks it down to small margin.”
He started a GoFundMe page for the family.