Lois Riess a fugitive who picked her Fort Myers Beach murder victim based on their similar appearances is now suspected of using that woman’s identity to try to avoid arrest. Lois Riess, 56, was already wanted for killing her husband, David Reiss, in Blooming Prairie, Minn. in March.
On Monday, while hiding out in Florida, she shot and killed 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson at Marina Village at Snug Harbor on Old San Carlos Boulevard, deputies said.
Reiss targeted Hutchinson because the two looked alike, according to investigators. After killing her, Reiss stole Hutchinson’s cash, credit cards, ID, and car and is believed to be using her identity. Authorities are now searching for Hutchinson’s white 2005 Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA in a nationwide
Reiss is possibly hiding out in Texas, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. A warrant for her arrest has been issued for murder, grand theft auto, and grand theft of personal identification in Lee County. Minnesota’s Dodge County Sheriff’s Office also issued a warrant for her arrest for second-degree murder on Thursday.
Dodge County investigators said David Riess was supposed to go on a fishing trip, and when he didn’t show up a friend contacted police. Riess was found shot multiple times in his home in Blooming Prairie. Lois Riess is also accused of taking $10,000 from her husband’s business account and transferring the money into his personal account.
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Authorities said Lois Riess then forged her husband’s signature on three checks written from his personal account to herself, totaling $11,000.