April 13, 2018 10:17 PM
A Dodge County woman who has been named a person of interest in her husband's death is also being sought in connection to a murder in Florida.
Authorities there said Friday that 56-year-old Lois Riess is wanted for murder and grand theft, and was last seen in Texas. She is a suspect in the fatal shooting of Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton earlier this week in what authorities claim was an attempt to steal her identity.
"Riess' mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity," one law enforcement official said at a press conference Friday morning.
Law enforcement officials in Florida said Riess is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if located.
Those with information on her whereabouts are asked to call the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's tipline at 1-877-996-6222, or the Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers tipline at 1-800-780-TIPS.
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. Sources told WZVN that she could be using Hutchinson's name.
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.
Authorities have been searching for Riess since her husband was found dead at their home from multiple gunshot wounds on March 23. Investigators believe he died about two days earlier.
Recently, the U.S. Marshal Service in Minnesota reached out to Florida officials for help, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal John Kinsey of Fort Meyers, Hubbard-owned KAAL reported.
Updated: April 13, 2018 10:17 PM
Created: April 13, 2018 11:57 AM
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