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Police: Woman accused of murdering Rock Falls man says they were “best friends”

Police say woman accused of murdering a Rock Falls man says they were “best friends.” She is facing first-degree and second-degree murder charges an...

ROCK FALLS, Illinois-- A Rock Falls woman is accused of murdering a 53-year-old Rock Falls man who was found dead at a residence Sunday.

After reports of a stabbing, Whiteside County Deputies found Tracy Russell dead on the home's front porch just before 1:30 a.m. in the 22000 block of Brooks Road in rural Rock Falls on Dec. 15, 2019.

Police determined homicide was the cause of death and within 15 hours found a male and a female suspect, according to a statement from Whiteside County Sheriff John Booker.

Russell was stabbed multiple times and multiple people were allegedly present at the time of his death, the statement said.

"We don't really have a motive," says Whiteside County Sheriff, John Booker. "And we have stuff from the interview that some of the detectives were able to determine, but at this point we aren't going to say a motive on why this occurred."

Nichole E. Elsesser, 45, was charged with first-degree and second-degree murder.

Elsesser gave a statement to police describing her and Russell as "best friends," according to Booker.

Investigators say they still need to interview other people who live out of town before more information is released.

Russell was a local boxer and used to operate the Jon Russell Boxing Club, named after his father who was a professional boxer.

Elsesser will appear in court for the first time Tuesday, Dec. 17.