Criminal complaint offers insight into Pella homicide investigation

Published: May. 19, 2020 at 10:12 AM CDT
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Pella, Iowa (KYOU) - New Details: (5/21/2020) New information on a homicide investigation in Pella, Iowa.

According to the criminal complaint around 8:20 p.m. on Monday, May 18th the Pella Police Department received a call about a possible domestic dispute behind 101 Glenwood #4. The caller told police it appeared two people were in a fight. When officers arrived in the alley, they found the victim, later identified as Tracy Mondabough slumped back against the vehicle’s seat with the seat belt on.

The complaint says the victim suffered from what appeared to be a puncture stab wound to the chest and laceration injuries to her hands. She died at the scene.

An eye-witness told police they saw a struggle between two individuals. Mondabough was in the vehicle and another standing outside the vehicle. The person standing outside left the scene in a gray 4 door Cadillac. Police say they found the vehicle at the Michelle Boat’s home. Police say the vehicle’s engine was warm to the touch and they found blood on the outside of it.

When officers went the door, Boat answered it wearing a robe and had her hair in a towel and told officers she had been in the shower. After further investigation, police say they found in the washing machine a load of laundry with only one outfit inside. A pair of rubber gloves with what police say was blood on them, in the tank of a toilet in the bathroom.

The complaint also says the defendant was seen on camera following the victim into and out of the Vermeer parking lot on the night of May 18th around 8:10 p.m. The first call to police was ten minutes later.

Police say Boat was separated from her husband, but still legally married and the victim was involved with the husband.

Police also reported on March 20, 2020, the victim called the Ottumwa Police Department to report the defendant followed her from Pella to Ottumwa and was requesting an officer meet her at a gas station because she was fearful.

Boat was later arrested and charged with first degree murder, she is due in court on May 28th.

Update: (5/19/2020) Pella police are have made an arrest in Monday night’s homicide investigation.

Police arrested and charged Michelle Boat with the murder of Tracy Mondabough
Police arrested and charged Michelle Boat with the murder of Tracy Mondabough(Marion County Jail)

Ottumwa Police have arrested 55-year-old, Michelle Boat. She has been charged with murder in the first degree. Officials say Boat was arrested after she allegedly violating a ‘no contact order’.

The victim in the case was found to be an Ottumwa woman, 46-year-old, Tracy Mondabaugh.

Police say Tracy Mondabough of Ottumwa was found injured in a car in Pella and despite efforts...
Police say Tracy Mondabough of Ottumwa was found injured in a car in Pella and despite efforts by police to say her, she passed away.(DCI)

Police say around 8:21 PM Monday night, officers were called to reports of a domestic disturbance in the 100 block of Glenwood Street. When they got there, officers found Mondabaugh unresponsive. Officers performed lifesaving measures, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death will be conducted by the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

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