Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Minnesota woman Hunted in death of Spouse along with Florida woman

Minnesota woman Hunted in death of Spouse along with Florida woman

On Thursday, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office said 2nd-degree murder charges being prepared against Riess in Minnesota for the death of her husband, 54-year-old David Riess.

ABC-affiliate WZVN had reported earlier that Riess was a person of interest in the fatal shooting of Hutchinson, which took place in Fort Myers Beach.

Law enforcement say they believe that after David Riess was killed, Lois Riess transferred almost $10,000 from his business account into his personal account and then forged her husband's signature on three checks to herself for $11,000.

Marceno said that Riess had targeted Hutchinson because of the similarities in their appearance and suggested that this may not have been the first time she had perpetrated identity theft.

Rose said investigators believe Hutchinson may have been killed with the same firearm used to murder David Riess. Riess' 2005 white Cadillac Escalade was found abandoned in a Florida park.

Reiss is wanted for Murder and Grand Theft. Her current whereabouts are unknown.

Lois Ann Riess, 56, is now wanted for felony theft. USA marshals have joined the search. Authorities warn that she is considered armed and extremely risky.

Riess is also wanted in the March death of her husband, David Riess. Minnesota's Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said Friday that authorities believe the same gun was used in both killings.

Riess has been on the run since at least late March, after David Riess's business partner called Dodge County authorities on March 23 to ask them to check on him.

One of David Riess' business partners asked Dodge County authorities to conduct a welfare check after he had not been seen for a couple of weeks.

Law enforcement officers found David Riess' body inside the home later that evening.

Authorities were unable to find his wife, but a tip led them to the Diamond Jo Casino off Interstate 35 just across the border in Northwood, Iowa, on March 24. In a video press conference Friday afternoon, Undersheriff Carmine Marceno of the Lee County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said it is believed by investigators there that once Riess had shot and killed Hutchinson, Riess fled southwest Florida and traveled through the Gulf states. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's tipline is 877-996-6222. Authorities later learned she was in south Florida.

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