Prosecutors cite odd behavior of Boise father who hid two daughters in Nevada

Joshua Dundon
Joshua Dundon

A Boise man exhibited signs of paranoia and admitted to drug use prior to taking his two young daughters to Nevada without telling anyone where he was going, prosecutors said Friday.

Joshua Bradley Dundon, 29, was arraigned in 4th District Court in Ada County on two counts of felony custodial interference. He was arrested May 19 in Eureka, Nev., 10 days after he took his daughters, Jaylynn, 6, and Madison, 7, out of their Boise elementary school and disappeared.

Ada County prosecutor Enrique Gutierrez told Judge Terry McDaniel that Dundon had nailed shut the doors to rooms and closets in his house because he feared someone was inside them, and that he also feared the government was tracking him.

Nine days before taking the children, Dundon drew down the bank account of the company he co-owns, and a co-worker reported seeing him with a gun on May 9, the day before he took the children, Gutierrez said.

Additionally, Dundon told the children’s mother that he had used methamphetamine, according to the prosecutor.

Dundon’s private attorney, Gary Davis, told the judge that he had not talked to his client, who arrived at the Ada County Jail late Thursday night from a jail in Reno. During the video arraignment, McDaniel set Dundon’s bond at $5 million. He also issued a no contact order regarding the two children and their mother.

Davis told the judge that he will file a request for a bond reduction early next week.

Dundon’s next court appearance is set for June 16 before Judge Michael Oths.

At the time Dundon took the children, he shared “verbal” joint custody with their mother, according to Davis. The couple were never married.

The day after Dundon picked up the children at school, a couple from of Eureka reported seeing a flaming empty pickup roll past them while they were hiking in the hills south of town. They also saw a man hiding in the bushes and heard a child’s voice.

On May 13, Boise police issued a missing-persons report on Dundon and his daughters. Dundon was driving a 2005 silver quad-cab Chevrolet Silverado.

After learning about the report, the Eureka couple, Lester and Kathy Porter, realized the man they saw was Dundon. Searchers found the two girls on May 15 after their father turned up shoeless, cold, hungry and thirsty at a ranch near Eureka. The girls were taken to a Boise hospital, where they were reunited with their mother.

Dundon was hospitalized in Nevada and then booked into the Washoe County jail in Reno on May 19.

Cynthia Sewell: 208-377-6428, @CynthiaSewell