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Police close case of woman stabbed to death in Kalamazoo Twp.

Posted at 2:36 PM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 22:21:57-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Investigators say they have concluded that a man who killed himself in Kentucky in March was responsible for killing a Kalamazoo Township woman in February.

"He stabbed himself in the presence of the officer, and stabbed himself sufficiently that he died," said Chief of Police Tim Bourgeois.

Wendy Whitney, 41, was stabbed to death in the driveway of her home on the evening of Feb. 29.

Christopher Deshun Long, 43, was suspected by Whitney's family and friends in the murder.

Police issued a warrant for his arrest on March 1 for a violation of the sex offender registry.  On March 8, police in Cumberland County, Kentucky found Long and when they tried to arrest him, Long killed himself.

Thursday, Kalamazoo Police released the results of their investigation that they say shows that Long was responsible for killing Whitney.  They say they found blood evidence from Whitney's death in both Long's vehicle and hotel room and that Long had made an audio confession on a digital recorder to killing Whitney.

The audio recording had this confession:

"My name is Chris Long. I was in a relationship with Wendy Whitney. We're both from Kalamazoo, Michigan. I murdered her. I stabbed her multiple times in the chest. I pretty much snapped. That's what happened, and blanked out."

They say they found no evidence of anyone else being involved in the murder.

Police say the families have been notified of the findings.

Police say the weapon Long used to kill himself could be the same weapon he used to kill Whitney, but there is no way to test that definitively.