Hal Wenal, age 72 at the time, found his wife's body on the first floor of the home on Sugar Lake Court. There was a large amount of blood on the body. Hal Wenal ran to the neighbor's house and had them call police.Later in the month, a $100,000 reward was established by Kay Wenal's 72 year old husband, who said that Kay was his life. They had known each other for 30 years and been married for 20 years. In March, 2009, Hal Wenal increased the reward to $250,000. Leads have virtually dried up, and Hal Wenal, a prominent shopping center developer, is now considering hiring a private detective.
The morning of the murder, Kay Wenal told her husband that she didn't feel well. Her husband urged her to stay home and rest. Pillows were found stacked at one end of the sofa, and a book she had been reading was found face down on the coffee table to hold her place until she returned to it. Some food was left out on the counter top in the kitchen - probably meant to be her lunch. Her wallet and purse were found on a counter top very close to where her body was found. Police say the murder most likely occurred between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm. There is no definite way to determine exact time of death.