Local Police Reports

Police Find Knife Used In Mokena Murder

Mokena, IL–(ENEWSPF)– Authorities say they have found the kitchen knife a Mokena woman used to brutally murder her elderly mother on Monday.

A team of evidence technicians and law enforcement personnel spent much of Monday combing through 89-year-old Tresa McCauleys condo in the 19500 block of 116th Avenue for clues after her daughter, Gaye Wern, confessed to killing McCauley, police Cmdr. Chris Surdel said.

The team was expected to finish searching for evidence today.

Wern, 57, came into Mokenas police station at 1:45 p.m. Monday and said she had killed McCauley several hours earlier in the day, Surdel said.

She was very distraught, Surdel said. Very quiet, with her head down in her lap. She wouldnt say much.

Police executed a search warrant at McCauleys condominium and found McCauley dead in her bathtub with multiple stab wounds in her torso, Surdel said.

McCauley was charged with one count of first-degree murder, Surdel said. Her bond hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. today.

An autopsy of McCauley is also expected today.

Despite Werns confession, the reason for the slaying remains unclear, police said.

Detectives said they questioned (Wern) on two different occasions, and they cannot pinpoint a motive, Surdel said.

He said Wern previously lived elsewhere in Mokena but had been living with her mother at the condo for about six months.

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