Unsolved Murder: Benjamin Doyle

Tracy Wongngamnit
Tracy Wongngamnit

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - On the late evening hours of September 12, 2001 Tracy Wongngamnit hosted a party at her apartment which was located at 5159 Cass Avenue.

Several people attended the party, one of them was 23-year-old Benjamin Doyle.

Doyle's mom tells 14 News that him and Tracy had just broken up.

Both remanded friendly, even at the party, which is even more puzzling why Doyle ended up at the bottom of a staircase... in his own blood.

Doyle was found unresponsive in the morning.  It was discovered that he had head injuries.

Investigators originally thought Doyle had fallen down the stairs after a night of drinking, but a coroner's report showed he had no drugs or alcohol in his system.

Doyle had a skull fracture, brain swelling and bruising.

An autopsy was performed and it was discovered that Benjamin had been beaten to death.

For seven years, Doyle's mom, Bridget Donnellan said she knew what happened to her son.

"I knew he was murdered because Tracy is a scamp," said Donnellan.

"We treated her like family, and look what she did to our kid," said Donnellan. "That's all I got to say."

Donnellan says many people at the party that night have come to her, telling her there's more to the story than Tracy was telling. Donnellan immediately took that information to police.

"I aggravated the crap out of everyone downtown," said Donnellan.

The case grew cold but police got a break in 2007.  Or so they thought.

On August 1, 2008 a grand jury indicted Tracy Wongngamnit for Murder.

She was arrested and placed into jail.

In the spring of 2009, the Murder charge was dismissed and Tracy Wongngamnit was released from jail.

Police continue to build a case against Wongngamnit and others they believe were involved in the homicide.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the Evansville Police Department's Violent Crimes unit at 812-436-7979.