A United States woman who "smiles and looks like anyone's mother or grandmother" has been accused by police of befriending another woman so that she could murder her and steal her identity. Police say she eventually ended up in Fort Myers, in Lee County on Florida's Gulf Coast, where she found Pamela Hutchinson, 59.
Fifty-six-year-old Lois Riess has been on the run since her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds at their home in Blooming Prairie, Minn., on March 23.
Riess is believed to be driving Hutchinson's white 2005 Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA, which has been spotted in Louisiana and Corpus Christi.
"This stone-cold killer was smiling like anyone's mother or grandmother when she approached our victim", Marceno said.
The Dodge County Attorney's Office is preparing second-degree murder charges against Reiss for the killing of her husband and "we anticipate those charges to be filed within the next few days", Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said in a statement. Her personal information, including credit cards, are all missing.
Riess is believed to be driving Hutchinson's vehicle, a white Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA.
Anyone who has had recent contact with Riess or has any information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's tip line at 1-877-996-6222 or contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. They stayed in touch with her via Facebook, where she posted photos of her relaxing stay.
Authorities learned that Lois Riess may have been at Diamond Jo Casino in Iowa.
Authorities also have said they suspect that after David Riess was killed, his wife transferred almost $10,000 from his business account into his personal account and then forged his signature on three checks to herself for $11,000. "That's really the only thing that could resonate with my system.it's just evil that flowed through".
Detectives suspect Riess befriended women who look like her, only to steal their identities.