Notable builder's wife slain
Brutalized body found at couple's Sugarloaf home

LAWRENCEVILLE - The wife of a prominent Gwinnett builder who specializes in shopping center projects was found brutally murdered in her home last week, police said Monday.

Harold "Hal" Wenal, president of Flexxon Operating Ltd., arrived home from work about 7 p.m. Thursday to find his wife, Eva Kay Wenal, 60, on the floor "with a large amount of blood on her body," Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.

The couple live on Sugar Lake Court in the posh Sugarloaf Springs subdivision near Discover Mills mall. Police declined to say Monday how the woman was killed.

"The circumstances surrounding Mrs. Wenal's death (are) still under investigation," Spellman said.

Upon finding his wife, Harold Wenal ran to a neighbor's house, and the neighbor called 911, Spellman said.

When police arrived, Harold Wenal lay beside his wife and begged for emergency personnel to help her, according to a police report.

Harold Wenal, 72, owns the Sugar Hill-based Flexxon Operating Ltd. The company has built six shopping centers in metro Atlanta, including the Village Shoppes of Sugarloaf and the Village Shoppes of Flowery Branch.

The 20-year-old company has also developed projects in six other states, from New York to California, according to Flexxon's Web site.

Wenal could not be reached for comment Monday. A representative of Flexxon said the company is not commenting on the situation.

A source close to the family who spoke on conditions of anonymity said Eva Kay Wenal was a homemaker whose husband "took care of everything."

Investigators ask anyone with information about the incident to call the homicide unit at 770-513-5300.