Police: Kzoo Twp. woman murdered by man who later killed self

Christopher Deshun Long (Michigan Department of Corrections)

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they have uncovered “overwhelming evidence” that a Kalamazoo Township woman was murdered by the man who family initially suspected in her death.

Authorities believe Christopher Deshun Long, 43, stabbed Wendy Whitney, 41, several times until she died, according to a release from the Kalamazoo Township Police Department.

Police on the scene of a death on Foster Avenue in Kalamazoo Township. (Feb. 29, 2016)
Police on the scene of a death on Foster Avenue in Kalamazoo Township. (Feb. 29, 2016)

Whitney was found dead in her Kalamazoo Township driveway on Feb. 29. At the time, family and friends told police they believed Long was a suspect in her death.

A warrant was obtained for Long’s arrest for a sex offender registration violation on March 1. When deputies in Cumberland County, Kentucky (where Long had family), made contact with him on March 8, he stabbed himself to death.

Police say Whitney’s blood was located in both a vehicle and a hotel room Long rented in Kalamazoo. They also said Long left an audio confession on a digital recorder which police found after his death.

No evidence was discovered indicating anyone other than Long was involved, according to the police department.

Both the victim and suspect’s families have been notified about the results of the investigation.

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