Cops: Murderer on the Run Killed Lookalike to Steal ID

Riess Sought in Connection to Minnesota Florida Murders

Search for woman in murder investigation has extended to Florida

Investigators consider her to be armed and unsafe.

Rose said the Lee County Attorney's Office in Florida charged Lois Riess of Blooming Prairie today in the murder of Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida.

"Riess's mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity", Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marcino said.

Authorities continue to look to get a Dodge County woman who has been lost since the shooting death of her partner a month, and researchers have linked her to a murder in Florida.

Lois Riess allegedly transferred almost $10,000 from her husband's business account into his personal account shortly after his death. Investigators added Lois Riess does not have check-writing authority for either account. The vehicle that she was driving - a auto belonging to Hutchinson and thought to have been stolen by Riess - was last seen in Louisiana and in Corpus Christi, Texas, Marceno said.

Authorities have been searching for Riess since her husband was found dead at their home from multiple gunshot wounds on March 23.

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Recently, the U.S. Marshal Service in Minnesota reached out to Florida officials for help, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal John Kinsey of Fort Meyers, Hubbard-owned KAAL reported.

During the conference, Rose said that investigators believe that the gun that was used to kill Hutchinson may have been the same gun used to kill David Riess, 54. Prosecutors are preparing second-degree murder charges in that case.

Investigators say that Lois then forged signatures on $11,000 in her husband's business account.

"Lois Riess is 5& 5rsquo;5" and was last seen with blonde hair although she's shifted her physical appearance in the past.

Throughout the three-week investigation, Sheriff Rose has said that Lois Riess was known to "frequent casinos". Anyone who has had some contact with Lois or some other information on her whereabouts is recommended to contact the Dodge County Sheriff's Office at 507-635-6200.

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