A woman suspected of killing her husband in southern Minnesota and an innocent bystander in Florida has been captured at a South Texas resort.
The U.S. Marshals Service says 56-year-old Lois Riess was arrested on Thursday night at a South Padre Island, Texas, restaurant. South Padre Island is a beach resort community 27 miles from the crossing into Mexico.
The Dodge County, Minnesota Sheriff’s office confirmed the arrest in a Tweet and said a news conference Friday will provide more details.
Deputies began looking for Riess in late March, after her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, was found shot to death at their home in Blooming Prairie. David Reiss’ body was found after his business partner called police, saying he had not been seen in more than two weeks.
Dodge County officials say they discovered that Lois Reiss had transferred $10,000 from her husband’s business account into his personal checking, then she forged his name on a check in the same amount and chased it.
Police also say that Lois Reiss was known to have a gambling addiction and often frequented casinos, including Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa – just south of the Minnesota border.
She became the subject of a nationwide hunt, and was tracked to Fort Meyers Beach, Florida.
Investigators believe she used the same gun that killed her husband to shoot 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida to death. Hutchison was found dead April 9. Authorities believe Riess killed Hutchinson to assume her identity.