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Manhunt For ‘Fugitive Grandma’ Ends In Capture Of Woman Accused Of Murdering Husband And Her Look-Alike To Steal Identity

April 20, 2018

After a nationwide manhunt that took authorities from Minnesota to Florida to Texas, The U.S. Marshall Service has confirmed that they have captured a suspect who has evaded arrest for nearly a month. She was wanted in connection with the murders of her husband and another woman whose identity she stole.

Lois Riess, 56, was captured at a southern Texas resort in South Padre Island, Texas, the Lee County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said.

Mrs. Riess has been on the run since March 23rd when her husband, David Riess, was found dead in their Minnesota home. Investigators believe she then traveled to Florida, where she allegedly killed a lookalike after befriending her to get on the inside.

Pamela Hutchinson, 59, was found dead in Fort Myers Beach, Florida on April ninth.

From the BBC: “Investigators believe Pamela Hutchinson may have been killed with the same firearm used to murder David Riess," the Minnesota Bureau of Apprehension wrote in charging documents.

"Mrs. Riess allegedly has a history of gambling problems, and was known to local authorities as "Losing Streak Lois".

"Investigators say she may have stolen $11,000 (£7,600) from her husband's business before allegedly killing him inside their home.

CNN reports, that “Riess is believed to have killed 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson sometime between April 5 and April 9 in a condo in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, according to Deputy US Marshal John Kinsey and a marshals service news release.

"She aimed to steal the ’victim's driver license, credit cards, and 2005 white Acura,’ the agency said.”

To see more about this manhunt and arrest, watch the video, below.


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