Manhunt for Fugitive Grandma Who Allegedly Murdered Victim Then Stole Her Identity

Paola Ditto
Aprile 19, 2018

At some point shortly after that time when Riess and Hutchinson were in the Fort Myers Beach restaurant together, though investigators have not pinpointed the time, Riess is believed to have shot and killed Hutchinson at the Marina Village timeshare condominiums in Fort Beach and then stolen her ID, credit cards, money and vehicle.

The U.S. Marshals office will soon post electronic billboards of Lois Reiss in an attempt to get more tips to her whereabouts.

Security camera video obtained by the Lee County Sheriff's office shows Reiss talking to Hutchinson at a local bar. She's wearing a blue top similar to what she was seen wearing on April 5, the night she was chatting up 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach.

This new video appears to show Riess driving up to a Hilton property in the Ocala area in a white Acura TL, the same vehicle Riess stole from her Fort Myers Beach victim, along with her ID and credit cards.

The U.S. Marshals have upgraded the investigation to a major case.

Riess has a gambling addiction and frequents casinos.

Authorities believe she may try to enter Mexico.

Pamela Hutchinson's ex-husband said police notified him April 10 of her slaying.

Riess left Ocala on April 7.

Rewards totaling $6,000 have been offered for information leading to the woman's arrest. She had not been seen in Corpus Christi, which is about an hour north of the Mexican border, said Lt. John Chris Hooper of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

New billboards featuring the face of the southern Minnesota fugitive were going up in four states this week as the US marshal's office intensified its search for Riess, who has been on the run for more than three weeks. CrimeStoppers of Florida is offering a $1,000 reward.

"Riess' mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity", Marceno said, calling Riess a "dangerous fugitive". Once there, she likely targeted Hutchinson because the two women have a striking resemblance.

Police believe Riess killed both victims with the same gun, and may still have it.

Riess is facing felony charges for grand theft, but she has not been formally charged in her husband's murder.

Reiss, who has been dubbed as "Losing Streak Louis" by local authorities, is believed to be armed and unsafe, and it is believed that her killing spree may not be over. She was reportedly facing $100,500 in debt at the time of the murder.

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