On the run Minnesotan Lois Riess is wanted for a SECOND murder

Lois Riess is considered armed and dangerous.
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Update 12:15 p.m.

The Minnesota woman wanted for her husband's murder is now a suspect in a second murder.

Lois Riess, the 56-year-old from Blooming Prairie who is believed to be armed and dangerous, has been identified as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Pamela Hutchinson, of Bradenton, Florida, earlier this week.

Riess has been on the run ever since the body of her husband, David Riess, was found at the Blooming Prairie Wax Worm Farm with multiple gunshot wounds on Mar. 23.

Investigators believe Hutchinson may have been killed with the same firearm used to murder Riess, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office said on Friday.


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Police found Lois Riess' car abandoned in Florida, and she's now believed to be using Hutchinson's Acura, with investigators suggesting she killed Hutchinson in order to assume her identity.

Investigators are not aware of any connection between Riess and Hutchinson.

The Acura has since been seen in Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas, in the days since her death.

8:15 a.m.

The car belonging to Minnesota murder suspect Lois Riess has been found abandoned in Florida.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued an update in the search for the 56 year old on Thursday, revealing it is now receiving assistance from authorities in Florida.

Riess has been missing since the body of her husband, 54-year-old David Reiss, was found with multiple gunshot wounds at the Prairie Wax Worm Farm near Blooming Prairie on March 23. 

According to the BCA, the Cadillac Escalade she was driving was found in Florida, and investigators now believe she's driving a stolen, white 2005 Acura.

"Investigators consider Lois Riess to be armed and dangerous," the BCA said.

"Anyone who’s had any recent contact with Lois or any information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 507-635-6200."

Second degree murder charges are now pending against Riess at the Dodge County Attorney's Office.

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