Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Fugitive double murder suspect Lois Riess is arrested, Minnesota sheriff says

Fugitive double murder suspect Lois Riess is arrested, Minnesota sheriff says

"We were so concerned she was going to get desperate enough to kill again", Woelk said.

A nationwide manhunt resulted in the apprehension and arrest of Riess at a South Padre Island, Texas restaurant. Authorities said they believe she stole his money to go gambling in Iowa before traveling to Florida. "Because she might feel the need for another person's identification ... and hurt someone else, somebody else's family or loved one".

"She's calculated, she's targeted and an absolute cold-blooded killer", Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno told NBC.

She was previously seen in Corpus Christi, Texas, authorities said.

Riess faces charges of murder, grand theft auto and identity theft. He had suffered several gunshot wounds.

Riess was arrested without incident, Smith said.


Billboards featuring Riess were posted in Texas, New Mexico, California and Arizona, the Star Tribune reported, and a $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading investigators to Riess, who has been on the run since she allegedly killed her husband, David, on March 23 in Minnesota. She then spent most of the day gambling at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa. She was buying a sandwich and asked for directions to drive out of the state.

Lois Riess (right) is believed to have shot Pamela Hutchinson (left) so she can assume her identity.

Hutchinson was vacationing at Marina Village at Snug Harbor on Fort Myers Beach. The vehicle was found abandoned at Bowditch Point Park in Fort Myers Beach, the Lee County Sheriff's Office said.

Law enforcement later discovered Riess had made a stop at an Ocala, Fla., hotel, which she paid for with a $5,000 bank withdrawal from Hutchinson's account. Her identification was missing along with her auto.

She is expected to continue targeting other women who look like her to steal their identities, authorities said.

Authorities found Riess, 56, after they received a tip she was seen at a restaurant in the resort area of South Padre Island, just north of the Rio Grande.


South Padre Police Chief Randy Smith said his officers missed Riess by a few minutes, but quickly caught up to her. "Or were. I don't know what happened", Koster said.

"Have known them for years and years, they actually came and stayed at our cabin", Koster said.

The search involved hundreds of hours of work for members of the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, which includes the U.S. Marshal Service, the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Fort Myers and Cape Coral Police Departments as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"(Deputies) said, 'Boy, with your long blonde hair, she might have been after you, or she might have just wanted to move into one of your houses", Tess said.

"She snapped from her addiction", Woelk said.

The marshals found Hutchinson's vehicle in a nearby parking lot.


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