Woman Suspected In Two Murders

Riess Sought in Connection to Minnesota Florida Murders

Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, has been charged in the shooting death of Pamela Hutchinson, 59, of Bradenton, Florida.

A Blooming Prairie, Minn., woman suspected of killing her husband last month is now on the run from Florida police who believe she headed to the Sunshine State, murdered a woman who looks a little like her and stole her identity.

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.

"We get requests from all over the nation", says Kinsey and he adds they send out these sort of notices to other law enforcement all the time as well. There, police say she killed 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson on Monday exclusively because Hutchinson bore a resemblance to her, and Riess wanted to assume her identity. Investigators believed Riess targeted Hutchinson due to their similar appearance, he said. Riess' 2005 White Cadillac Escalade was abandoned in a Florida park earlier this week and she apparently switched vehicles. She has not yet been charged in that case.

"Our detectives have reviewed hundreds of hours of video, traveled throughout the state, collected hundreds of items for forensic examination in a coordinated effort with our state and federal agencies", Undersheriff Carmine Marceno with the Lee County Sheriff's Office said at a news conference Friday. Business partners of her husband hadn't seen him for two weeks and asked for a welfare check.

She was later traced to an Iowa casino but authorities say they showed up after she had left.

Anyone who has had recent contact with Lois Riess or who has any information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the BCA Tipline at 1-877-996-6222.

On March 24, the day after David Riess' body was found, investigators from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension joined with agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to see if Lois Riess was there, Rose said.

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