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Local mother opens up about daughter's cold case murder

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WEST RICHLAND, WA - We all have questions and crave the answers to them, but imagine having the question 'how was my child murdered?'. 

For the past sixteen years, that's been the question for one West Richland woman, and reporter Mackenzie Maynard sat down with her in an exclusive interview.

It was May 28th, 2001, in Oildale, California. Firefighters knew something wasn't right after dousing the flames of a fire. Within the charred remains, they found the body of a woman.

"Upon closer examination of the body, she appeared to have some injuries that were not consistent with the fire," said Det. Sgt. Glenn Johnson in a May 2001 interview.

24-year-old Wendy Kyle had been stabbed multiple times, and since then, Michael Charles Brown has been convicted of six murders, including the murder of Wendy Kyle. He now sits on death row in San Quinton.

"We have interviewed Mr. Brown here recently, regarding the Kyle case as well," said Deputy Michael Whorf with the Kern County Sheriff's Department. 

For years the case sat cold down in California, but back up here in West Richland, Wendy's mother doesn't go a day without thinking about it.

"I still can't believe she was killed," said Marci Pack, Kyle's mother. "On my mind I think she's on vacation. The first thing in the morning is her and the last thing at night is her, and I think about her all throughout the day. I have her pictures everywhere and her artwork everywhere...she's a phenomenal artist."

Pack surrounds herself with memories of her daughter.

"This is one of the pictures she drew of a wolf," said Pack. "She loved animals so much, but this is one of my favorite ones."

Just like any other parent, she's proud to show off Kyle's artwork...but unlike most parents, she's left with this day-to-day struggle.

"Very mind-boggling,very difficult," Pack admitted. "There's days it's just heart-wrenching, unexplainable, can't put it into words."

For her, taking it day by day is what's helped her get this far.

"To have peace and patience, and most of all, faith that it will get resolved."

When Mackenzie Maynard sat down with Pack, she asked her how it felt to start seeing answers fit the questions she's had for so long...knowing the man convicted for killing her daughter is on death row.

"It will give us closure in the sense that we know he's off the street," said Pack. "It won't bring Wendy back, but justice will be done."