Double murder suspect Lois Riess flees Lee County

Elias Hubbard
April 19, 2018

It is believed Riess used the same firearm used to kill her husband and Hutchinson, authorities have said.

She is known to have a gambling addiction and often frequents casinos, which accounts for her nickname among local police, according to the US Marshals Service.

Authorities first began looking for Riess after her husband, 54-year-old Navy veteran David Riess, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in rural Dodge County on March 23.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Mexican authorities and border patrol are on "full alert" that Lois Riess may try to get into Mexico.

Hutchinson was found shot to death in her condo on April 9, but she was likely killed a few days prior.

"It's just evil that flowed through". Its believed she fled to Fort Myers where she befriended 59 year old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton.

New billboards featuring the face of the southern Minnesota fugitive were going up in four states this week as the USA marshal's office intensified its search for Riess, who has been on the run for more than three weeks.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office posted photos of Riess on Twitter and urged anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

"As her resources go away she may become more desperate and God forbid may strike again", said Marceno.

Lee County Police believe Riess murdered Hutchinson due to their similar features. Anyone who sees her should call 911.

Reiss' killing spree, which has since sparked a nationwide manhunt, started after she fatally shot her husband in late March in Minnesota.

Actions unaccounted for between her journey from Iowa to Fort Myers Beach.

April 6: Riess walked inside a Wells Fargo Bank on Fort Myers Beach and withdrew $5,000 from Hutchinson's account face to face with a teller, providing Hutchinson's ID and credit card.

Three surveillance videos from a hotel in Ocala, Florida also show the Acura driving in the parking lot as well as Riess walking around inside the hotel and walking up to the hotel counter. Stayed one night, left the next day.

Between April 7 and April 8, surveillance images captured Riess in casinos in Louisiana, Kinsey said.

April 9: Lee County sheriff's deputies called to a suspicious vehicle.

In the timeline released by LCSO, investigators believe that Riess traveled to Florida from Minnesota in a Cadillac Escalade that was discovered abandoned at Bowditch Park.

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