Florida Authorities Asked to Help Locate Person of Interest in Dodge County Murder

April 12, 2018 04:23 PM

The above video aired March 26.

The U.S. Marshal Service in Minnesota has been in contact with Florida officials to help locate a Dodge County woman who has been named a person of interest in her husband's death, according to Hubbard-owned KAAL.


KAAL reported Deputy Marshal John Kinsey, of Fort Meyers, said his office was contacted to assist in the search of 56-year-old Lois Riess.

An arrest warrant for Riess was issued in March for a felony theft charge.

RELATED: Warrant Issued on Theft Charge for Person of Interest in Dodge County Death

The Dodge County Sheriff's Office said 54-year-old David Riess was found dead in rural Dodge County of multiple gunshot wounds on March 23. 

Since then, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the sheriff's office have said they are looking for the man's wife, 56-year-old Lois Ann Riess, as a person of interest in his death. 

According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Dodge County, a theft victim had two accounts with a Dodge County bank, one personal and one for a business called Prairie Wax Worm Farms LLC.

RELATED: Person of Interest in Dodge County Death Charged with Theft

The sheriff's office release on Thursday confirmed the theft victim is David Riess. 

The bank told an investigator that Lois Riess had in the past week deposited checks made out to Prairie Wax Worm Farms into the victim's personal account. Though it said she was unauthorized to do so, the bank didn't stop her from making the deposits, according to the complaint. 

A photo of the person depositing the checks was confirmed to be Lois Riess, the complaint says. 

RELATED: Dodge County Authorities Seek Person of Interest in 'Suspicious' Death

Bank records show she deposited close to $10,000 of the business's funds into the theft victim's personal account, and then in a short period of time had checks made out to herself amounting to $11,000 drawn from the account, according to the complaint. 

Meanwhile, the bank told the investigator the theft victim's debit card had been used over the weekend of March 23. The complaint says the investigator, who believed the victim died on March 21, determined he had not used the card.

Lois Riess has yet to be located. She's charged via a warrant with theft of another's property without consent, a felony carrying up to 10 years in jail and/or $20,000 in fines. 

RELATED: Wife of Victim Killed in 'Suspicious' Death Sought by Police

She is described as 5-feet 5-inches tall and weighing 165 pounds with brown eyes and blond hair. She might be driving a 2005 white Cadillac Escalade with Minnesota license plate 864 LAE.

Investigators believe she may be armed and should not be approached.


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