For the better part of two decades, the name Hailey Dandurand was one few people associated with much of anything. Then, on Dec. 7, the 20-year-old Bend woman’s name tore through the Hawaiian island chain. She and her boyfriend, both living on Oahu, were arrested on suspicion of killing a woman and kidnapping her 8-year-old daughter.
Dandurand, along with her 23-year-old boyfriend, Stephen Brown, remain in a Hawaii jail. Dandurand’s bail was set at $500,000, and Brown’s was set at $1 million.
Former classmates who attended middle and high school with Dandurand in Bend said they’re shocked by the allegations. Several classmates remember her as unassuming and kind, although a theme of self-isolation grew over time.
When Dandurand’s father, Kaipo Dandurand, was approached for comment at his northwest Bend home, he opened the door several inches, enough to allow a yellow dog to peek through. Dandurand was on the phone.
“One second,” he said softly and closed the door. Opening it again, he said, “We have no comment at this time, bud.”
Buckingham Elementary School principal Sunshine Dandurand, who is married to Kaipo Dandurand, according to public records, is Hailey Dandurand’s mother. Last month, Sunshine Dandurand launched a campaign on the crowd-funding website FundRazr. The page features a photo of Sunshine and Hailey, both smiling. The text reads: “Please support us to give our daughter a fair defense for a fair outcome in our legal system. Love and hope to all.”
When asked for comment at Buckingham Elementary School, Sunshine Dandurand was “not available,” according to office manager Becky Taylor-Negus.
Hailey Dandurand and Brown have been charged with second-degree murder for the death of Telma Boinville. They’ve also been charged with two counts each of kidnapping and first-degree burglary. Dandurand is also charged with the unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and the unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. Brown was additionally charged with criminal property damage, according to court documents.
Dandurand and Brown will appear in a pre-trial conference scheduled for Jan. 24 in Hawaii’s First Circuit Court. The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 19, according to the Honolulu prosecutor’s office.
North Shore tragedy
On Dec. 7, Boinville picked up her 8-year-old daughter, whom Emery identified as Makana, from school in Emery’s gold 2003 Toyota Tacoma. She stopped by a beach-facing rental home on the north shore of Oahu to “put some flowers out for display and to take some stuff out of the dryer” for incoming vacationers, wrote Emery, Boinville’s husband of 12 years.
“Telma had Makana wait for her(in the truck). She was watching a movie on her mom’s phone while Telma went inside to do her quick task.”
This is when police believe Dandurand and Brown killed Boinville. Afterward, the couple discovered the girl in the truck, according to Emery.
“Makana told me that a guy that had green hair in a bun and a girl, both covered in blood, grabbed her and pulled her out of the truck and dragged her upstairs into the house where they bound and gagged her,” Emery wrote.
The gold truck was parked in front of the rental when the vacationers arrived. Inside, they discovered Boinville’s “body tied up inside a pool of blood,” according to court documents. Near the body was a bloodied hammer, knife and mallet. They heard movement upstairs. The vacationers rushed out of the rental house and called 911. When they returned after police arrived, the gold Tacoma was missing from the driveway. In an upstairs room, police found Boinville’s daughter bound and with tape covering her mouth, according to court documents.
The GoFundMe campaign that Emery started for his daughter’s future education has raised more than $100,000. Its goal is to reach $250,000.
The Boinville killing is one of the most heinous Hawaii homicides in recent memory, according to Michael Kitchens, an Oahu resident who started Stolen Stuff Hawaii, a Facebook group that circulates information about stolen property and missing persons. Emery shared the image of the gold truck and license plate number on social media and the 100,000-member group quickly shared it. A public dragnet combed Oahu.
“A posse was formed out of nowhere,” Kitchens said. “Word got out in a big way. It made everyone take a call to action. Anytime you have something that horrible happen, it brings people together.”
Boinville, a Brazil native, was well-liked. After her death, artists throughout Hawaii painted murals in her honor.
“The murder was so brutal … and haunting that it affected the whole community of Oahu in a big way,” Kitchens said.
‘She just noticed’
Despite living in Bend for most of her life, Dandurand left little impression on those around her.
Interview requests with nearly 80 former classmates produced only a handful of foggy recollections of Dandurand. Everyone described her as quiet.
Former High Lakes Elementary classmate Jovana Espinoza described Dandurand as an inclusive friend. Espinoza moved with her family to Bend from Tijuana, Mexico, in 2003. When Espinoza transferred to High Lakes Elementary halfway through the fifth grade, Dandurand often helped her with math homework.
“If I didn’t understand anything … she always helped me even If I didn’t ask her. She just noticed,” Espinoza, 20, wrote via Facebook. Dandurand completed sixth through eighth grades at Cascade Middle School from 2008 to 2011, according to records from Bend-La Pine Schools.
“(Dandurand was) one of my only friends at the time,” Espinoza wrote. “She was very sweet and funny. … She invited me to her birthday party. There were only like three other girls. I was very quiet and timid, and she was always making sure I was included and having fun.”
Throughout middle school, Dandurand appeared once in each yearbook. In sixth and seventh grades, Dandurand wore a smile and a middle part in her dark hair. In the 2010-11 yearbook photo, her eighth-grade year, Dandurand didn’t smile. In the 2011-12 Bend High School yearbook — Dandurand’s freshman year and the last time she appeared in a Bend-La Pine Schools yearbook — Dandurand wore a burgundy top. Her smile had come back. The yearbooks show little indication that Dandurand was involved with school clubs or teams.
During her 2011-12 freshman year at Bend High, Dandurand ran on the cross-country team. Her name appears on the roster of the team’s yearbook page, but Dandurand doesn’t appear in the group photo. She competed in two 5,000-meter races, finishing in times of 45 and 34 minutes, respectively. Bend High cross-country coach Lisa Nye said she did not remember Dandurand when she read news reports about her murder and kidnapping allegations.
“They said her name, and I said, ‘Wait a minute,’” but no memories came to mind, even when Nye saw a photo of her, she said.“We have so many kids pass through.”
Chris Reese, the principal of Bend High School, declined to comment for this story.
Regan Fehrenbacher, 20, was one of Dandurand’s Bend High cross-country teammates and shared the same social group during their freshman year.
“Hailey wasn’t very into the sport. She was definitely always the person lagging in the back — all the time,” she said. “She was one of those teammates that people kind of wondered why she was there. She was really unenthused, unmotivated.”
In the Bend High lunchroom, Dandurand and Fehrenbacher shared an accepting, mostly female group of friends that was defined by a common shyness. Dandurand, however, “was really, really quiet.”
“She was the girl with hair in her face,” Fehrenbacher said. “She wasn’t the kind of person you could easily talk to. She was incredibly difficult to approach. She was in the background a lot. She wasn’t really actively a part of the group, but she was always there. She isolated herself a lot and confined herself to one or two people. She was very dark compared to the rest of us. She never smiled — that was the other thing.”
Dandurand was the subject of two missing person/runaway reports while a minor living in Bend. One was filed on Aug. 26, 2012, according to the Bend Police Department, shortly before Dandurand began her sophomore year at Bend High School on Sept. 6. She left school on Sept. 28, school records show.
Fehrenbacher remembered seeing missing person fliers featuring Dandurand that were posted throughout Bend High.
“With the fliers and everything — it was a big deal,” Fehrenbacher said. “I was like, ‘My God, I knew her. … What happened?’ It was common knowledge she was missing. After that point, she dropped off the face of the map. I remember wondering about her, ‘Where did she go? Did she ever come back?’”
On Oct. 1, 2012, Dandurand transferred to Summit High School. She remained there until Feb. 8, 2013. After another absence, Dandurand was reinstated on March 18, 2013 and finished the school year.
She never returned to Bend-La Pine Schools.
It’s unclear if she finished high school elsewhere or if she earned a GED.
Summit High principal Alice DeWittie declined to comment beyond saying she didn’t know Dandurand.
At the time of Boinville’s killing, Dandurand was enrolled at Kapiolani Community College, a school official said. The school is located on the slopes of Diamond Head, about 40 miles south of the crime scene.
‘My life is over’
A few hours after Boinville’s body was found on Dec. 7, a tipster called the Honolulu police: A man and woman — “blasting their music” — pulled up in a gold truck with Boinville’s license plate at a shopping district parking lot about a half-hour drive from the crime scene, according to court documents. Dandurand and Brown, their clothes stained with blood, were soon arrested at a nearby Starbucks; Brown initially tried to run away, according to court documents.
A viral cell phone video showed Brown exchanging heated words with an agitated mob. “You’re going down, braddah!” one onlooker taunted Brown.
When Brown was being detained, he “spontaneously uttered ‘Just shoot me, I deserve this,’” according to court documents.
When Dandurand was being detained, she said: “Can you just pull your gun out and shoot me in the head? My life is over after today.”
‘This is us checking out’
Social media allowed information pertaining to Boinville’s killing to spread across the island chain as quickly as it could be shared.
Brown’ and Dandurand’s online footprints began to circulate. Dandurand’s Facebook page, which has been taken down, featured her full name Hailey Kai Kahelemeakua Dandurand. Her profile picture featured Brown — his hair dyed green — and Dandurand, closely huddled. The cover photo was an illustration of a gnashing wolf. Text read: “When lone wolves gather …” It’s a cropped portion of industrial rock band Psychic TV’s cover art for the 1984 album: “When Lone Wolves Gather … They Could Start a War.”
A Facebook page belonging to Brown remains online. The account carries the alias Axel Haze Hendrix and has photos of Brown. They often showcase him flexing his abdomen and pectorals. The page includes the introduction: “just an aspiring musician. Music is Life.”
Weeks before Boinville’s killing, a Stolen Stuff Hawaii user and Oahu resident circulated a makeshift missing person flier featuring Dandurand. Written by someone identifying as a friend of Dandurand’s father, the notice claimed Dandurand was involved with a man with a troubled, violent past who was wanted by law enforcement. The flier seemed to allude to Brown, who at the time of his arrest had a $20,000 probation revocation warrant and a $150 contempt warrant, according to court documents. Last June, Brown was arrested for allegedly assaulting a then-girlfriend at her Waikiki apartment, although court records indicate the case was dismissed.
The flier also claimed that Brown was plying Dandurand with heroin.
On Nov. 5, 2017, an official missing person report for Dandurand was filed by a family member, according to the Honolulu Police Department.
On Nov. 26, 2017, Brown posted a 45-second selfie video — titled “We almost died. Becoming a daily struggle peace out” — to his Facebook page. He and Dandurand addressed the camera while standing in sunny, breezy grassland. Dandurand, smiling, appeared intoxicated.
Brown began the video: “So we just died.”
Dandurand giggled, as she does each time Brown said anything in the video.
“Again,” she said.
“Again,” Brown added. “This is our dying video.”
“Yeah,” Dandurand said.
“It was nice knowing you, world,” Brown said.
“Sort of,” Dandurand said.
“Not really,” Brown said.
“Not really,” Dandurand said. “Mostly bulls---.”
After a sarcastic, profanity strewn nod to Satan for perceived injustices, Brown said, “This is us checking out. It’s been real. It’s been fun,” he said, elongating the last word of each sentence. Dandurand extended her middle finger to the camera.
“Goodbye,” Brown said, while holding his middle finger to his face like the barrel of a pistol and pulling the trigger. “Anarchy,” he added while waving with his pinky and ring fingers.
Dandurand grinned. She kept gazing at Brown.
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