A calculating Minnesota woman allegedly murdered her husband, fled to Florida, and found her bottle-blonde doppelgänger– who she also killed, to steal the woman’s identity, authorities said.
Lois Ann Riess, 56, spotted “twin” Pamela Hutchinson, 59, in Fort Myers Beach, and somehow talked her way inside the woman’s apartment, where Riess shot her dead on Monday, CBS Minnesota reported.
Riess then snatched Hutchinson’s cash, credit cards and ID, hopped into her white 2005 Honda Acura TL and fled, authorities believe.
Riess has been on the lam for at least three weeks since her husband, David Riess, 54, was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at the couple’s home in Blooming Prairie, MN., on March 23. David Riess likely died on March 21, two days before his body was found at their home outside of Blooming Prairie, police said
When Police found David Riess at his Blooming Prairie residence on March 23, he’d been shot multiple times, and dead at least two days
Lois Riess [left], allegedly, murdered lookalike Pamela Hutchinson [right], in Fort Meyers Beach, Fla on Monday
Cops discovered David’s bullet-riddled body after his worried business partners reported they hadn’t seen him in two weeks. Police tried to track down Riess with no luck.
After allegedly killing her husband, Riess forged her David’s signature to withdraw $11,000 from his bank account and headed to a casino in Iowa.
When cops tracked her down to the Diamond Jo Casino, she had already left. Reiss from Dodge County, MN woman remains on the run.
Fugitive Lois Riess Prosecutors is facing second-degree murder, in MN. She is also wanted in Florida for murder, grand theft auto, grand theft and criminal use of personal ID
After leaving Florida, cops believe she drove 1,300 miles along the gulf coast to Louisiana and remains in Corpus Christi, Texas. – Police found the white 2003 Cadillac Escalade she had been driving ditched at a park near Hutchinson’s apartment.
There’s a very real fear that Riess could kill again, in a desperate race to extend her run, possibly to Mexico.
“Riess’s mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity,” Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said. “U.S. Marshals are actively involved in a national search for this dangerous fugitive. Riess is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if located.”
Prosecutors in Minnesota plan to charge Riess with second-degree murder, and she is wanted in Florida for murder, grand theft auto, grand theft and criminal use of personal identification.
Riess is about 5-feet-5 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has brown eyes and light blond hair, authorities said.
Anyone with information on Riess is asked to contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Tip Line at: 1-(877)-966-6222.