Dodge County Sheriff: Relief Following Texas Capture of Lois Riess

April 20, 2018 06:26 PM

Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, is already a quiet town with a population of just about 2,000 people.

Following a nation-wide manhunt for one of their own, it's even quieter.


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Those who live there tell KSTP they don't want to say anything that could further hurt the kids and grandkids of David and Lois Riess.

Across the country, investigators are talking.

"She can't strike again," Lee County, Florida Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said.

Riess faces murder charges in Florida in the death of look-alike Pamela Hutchinson. Riess is accused of murdering Hutchinson and stealing her identity.

"In our video surveillance, when she befriends Pam Hutchinson, our victim, unfortunately she's smiling,"  Marceno said. "So what does that tell you about her?"

In Texas, just around 8:30 Thursday night, U.S. Marshals and South Padre Island Police captured Riess after a restaurant manager called in the tip.

She was still driving Hutchinson's white car.

"She seemed to have let her guard down a little bit," South Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith said.

"I'm guessing she was just waiting to be caught," Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said, adding now that she's been caught, his investigators can start building the best murder case they can for the death of Riess' husband, David.

"We're relieved," Rose said. "We don't deal with a lot of homicides here. It's a small county."

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Rose says David Riess' death is the first homicide the county has seen in nearly a decade.

Lois Riess is being questioned by Florida and Minnesota authorities while she's in jail in Texas. She will be extradited in the next ten days. It hasn't yet been decided whether she will first go to Florida or Minnesota.

Rose says the process will take a long time. He expects Riess to first go to Florida since murder charges are already filed against her there.


Katherine Johnson

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