Minnesota woman suspected of killing 2 captured in Texas

Lois Riess (Courtesy: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
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By: Associated Press
April 20, 2018

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) - A woman suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman in Florida has been captured at a South Texas resort.

The U.S. Marshals Service says two federal deputy marshals arrested 56-year-old Lois Riess on Thursday night at a South Padre Island, Texas, restaurant.

Riess had been on the run since at least late March when her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, was found fatally shot at their home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. She became the subject of a nationwide hunt.

Investigators believe she used the same gun that killed her husband to fatally shoot 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida. Hutchison was found dead April 9.

Authorities believe Riess killed Hutchinson to assume her identity.


By: Associated Press
April 16, 2018

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Newly released surveillance video shows a woman in a Florida bar smiling and talking with a fellow patron whom police say she later killed so she could steal her identity.

The video released by the Lee County Sheriff's Office shows 56-year-old Lois Riess of Bloomberg Prairie, Minnesota, talking to 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson April 5 at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach.

Police say Riess is also wanted for the March slaying of husband David Riess in Minnesota. Authorities say she may have targeted Hutchinson because the two women looked alike. Riess is still at large. Authorities say she stole Hutchinson's car, which has been seen in Louisiana and Texas.

Lee County Undersheriff says while Riess "may look like anyone's mother or grandmother, she's an absolute cold-blooded murderer."



 
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