Bradenton woman killed to steal her identity, police say

Simon Moss
April 18, 2018

New surveillance video shows accused killer Lois Riess at a hotel in Ocala, Florida, and driving what appears to be the auto she stole from the woman killed on Fort Myers Beach.

On April 5, the two women were recorded on surveillance camera at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers, Fla.

After killing her, Riess stole Hutchinson's cash, credit cards, ID, and her vehicle.

The Blooming Prairie woman is being sought for the March murder of her husband David Riess, and the murder of Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida, earlier this month. Authorities say she stole Hutchinson's auto, which has been seen in Louisiana and Texas.

"The suspect Riess ... is on the loose and running", Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said Monday night.

A national manhunt is under way for Riess, who is considered armed and risky and should not be approached.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has announced it is preparing second-degree murder charges over the death of Riess' husband.

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Lois Riess had vanished, as had David Riess's auto, CBS reported, adding that authorities believed that Lois Riess "forged signatures on $11,000 in her husband's business account" and visited a casino in Iowa. "That's really the only thing that could resonate with my's just evil that flowed through".

Police believe Riess killed both victims with the same gun, and may still have it.

The obituary for David Riess was published last week, and mentioned his children and grandchildren, but not wife.

Authorities are anxious that when Reiss runs out of resources she might kill again and say she has a history of gambling and addiction problems. Hutchinson's purse was found in disarray and her keys were missing.

Detectives suspect Riess befriended women who look like her, only to steal their identities.

On the "Today" broadcast, Marceno said that Riess will run out of money and could possibly kill again.

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