Minnesota woman wanted for husband's murder suspected in Florida killing
BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn.— A southeast Minnesota woman being sought after her husband was murdered in March is now a suspect in a second death.
Lois Riess of Blooming Prairie has been identified as a suspect in death of Pamela Hutchinson in Bradenton, Fla., according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office in southern Florida.
Investigators believe Riess may have killed Hutchinson earlier this week in order to assume her identity. The Lee County Attorney's Office announced charges against Riess in Hutchinson's death on Friday morning, April 13.
Investigators believe 56-year-old Riess, thought to be armed and dangerous, is driving Hutchinson's vehicle, a white Acura TL, last seen with Florida license plate Y37TAA.
Meanwhile back in Minnesota, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office and Dodge County Attorney's Office are preparing second-degree murder charges against Riess in the killing of her husband, David Riess. Investigators believe Hutchinson may have been killed with the same firearm used to murder him.
Law officers said they are not aware of any connection between Lois Riess and Hutchinson.
Hutchinson's Acura has been observed in Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas, in the days since her death. Riess' 2005 White Cadillac Escalade was abandoned in a Florida park earlier this week and she apparently switched vehicles.
In the earlier incident in Minnesota, the Dodge County dispatchers received a call on March 23 from David Riess' business partner who requested a welfare check on him as the partner said neither he nor their employees had seen him in more than two weeks. Law officers knocked on the door of the Riess home in Blooming Prairie and didn't get an answer. They returned later in the day and discovered his body inside the home.
The victim had been shot multiple times and had been dead for an undetermined amount of
time. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension then became involved.
As the investigation progressed, law enforcement received information indicating Lois Riess may be at Diamond Jo's Casino across the border in Iowa. On March 24, investigators from Dodge County, the BCA and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation responded to Diamond Jo's, but determined that Riess left prior to their arrival.
The Dodge County Sheriff's Office then requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals, who joined the investigation on March 30. On April 2, investigators received information that Lois Riess was in southern Florida and law officers there joined in the search.
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. Callers can remain anonymous.