Murder victim’s daughter arrested

LIHU’E – An 18-year-old woman and her boyfriend were identified Monday by

authorities as the suspects arrested last Saturday in connection with the

murder last month of her father.

Amber Brisebois, 18, who earlier told

investigators that she found the body of Jeffery Brisebois at his Wainiha home,

and Matthew Blankswade, 21, face charges of second-degree murder. Arraignment

is scheduled in Kaua’i District Court tomorrow. Police inspector Melvin Morris

said an additional charge could be filed.

The suspects remained in custody

this morning at the Kaua’i Community Correctional Center. Bail of $20,000 was

set for each.

Jeffery Brisebois, 48, a surfboard builder and landscaper,

was found shot to death June 26 in his home in remote Wainiha Valley.

After Saturday’s arrests, police initially identified the suspects only as

a man and woman from Wainiha.

Authorities said the body of Brisebois, who

lived alone, was discovered by his daughter at his home on Powerhouse


According to investigators, a neighbor heard a gunshot the morning

of June 26 but wasn’t concerned because shots from hunters were often heard in

the area.

Morris said numerous people were questioned by detectives in

connection with the case.

Brisebois was convicted of assault and other

charges, authorities said. They said he also had an extensive record of

disagreements with neighbors over property access and other issues, leading to

restraining orders for him and neighbors.

Staff writer Lester Chang

contributed to this report.


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