Lois Reiss, Killer Grandmother Linked To Florida Murder, Captured In Texas


A grandmother accused of killing her husband before traveling across the country to impersonate and kill another woman, has been arrested in Texas, authorities said.

The search for 56-year-old Lois Reis, of Minnesota, began after she allegedly killed her husband in March. Authorities say the search expanded to Florida in early April, after officials linked Reiss to the shooting death of a woman who looked like her.

Riess is believed to have murdered 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson on or about April 5 to steal the "victim's driver license, credit cards and 2005 white Acura," according to the US Marshals Service.

The search for Minnesota woman, 56-year-old Lois Riess, ended Thursday night when she was captured in South Padre Island, Texas, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities found Riess about 25 minutes after they received a tip call about a spotting.

Investigators said Riess withdrew around $5,000 from Hutchinson's bank account while in Florida. "Riess' mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity," officials said at a press conference.

Her arrest comes four days after Hutchinson's car was seen about 50 miles from Corpus Christi, Texas.

Several bank transactions and Riess' interest for gambling had given investigators some clues to find her.

Before traveling to Florida, Riess is believed to have cashed over $10,000 in forged checks from her husband and her business. 

Days after Hutchinson's death, Riess stopped at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana. She played using her name and walked away winning $1,500, CNN affiliate WINK reported.

Riess was arrested for murder, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft and criminal use of personal identification, officials said.


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