A 56-year-old woman from small town in the US is so dangerous that she killed her husband and forged his signatures to take all his money; then befriended a woman who looked like her, killed her, took her identity and all her valuables
The Hush Post: The cops in a small town of the United States are baffled these days. A sequence of crimes is making them puzzled.
It’s not that a hard-core criminal is giving them sleepless nights. Sleepless they are but it’s a 56-year-old grandmother who is suspected to be a serial killer. She is suspected to have shot dead her husband and then her lookalike woman. After killing her husband she took all his money and valuables after forging his signatures, and from her lookalike woman she robbed the dead woman not only her cash, car and valuables but took her identity as well to show herself dead, a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune said.
The innocent grandmother-like looks make this woman, Lois Riess from small-town America, more dangerous as her victims cannot guess what conspiracy she is hatching against them. And this innocently-looking woman is keeping the cops on a nationwide hunt from Minnesota worm farm to Florida and Texas, the newspaper reported.
At the Minnesota worm farm the police had found her husband shot to death in March. After her husband murder, Riess went missing and it made her prime suspect of the crime. In Florida, Riess first befriended a woman who looked like her and then killed her to steal her identity. Now the cops are zeroing in on Texas, where they suspect Riess is on the prowl for her next target.
“She smiles and looks like anyone’s mother or grandmother, but she’s calculating, she’s targeting and she’s an absolute cold-blood killer,” NBC News on Florida quoted Carmine Marceno, a deputy sheriff Lee County, Florida saying after the cops lost Riess’ trail.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune report Riess and her husband, David, were well-known and well-liked by the residents of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota. Her husband David owned and operated a fishing bait farm- Prairie Wax Worms.
Feeling concerned, David’s business partner approached the police when David was not seen in more than a week. When the police started their investigation, they found David dead of gunshot injury at the worm farm on March 23, Dodge County sheriff told the newspaper. The cops could not ascertain that how long David had been dead.
By then, Lois Riess had left the town. The Star Tribune report said the cops suspect she had forged her dead husband’s signatures and transferred nearly $10,000 into her own account, and went to a casino across the Iowa border. A report by NBC News said that Lois Riess had an addiction of gambling.
But by the time cops tracked her in late March, Riess had already left Iowa. The officials started to post her photos on Facebook, urging anyone who saw her to inform the police and not go near her, because Riess be armed and dangerous, the report said.
The police said Riess had gone to Lee County, Florida from Iowa. In Lee County, she met a woman named a 59-year-old woman Pamela Hutchinson, who looked like her with shade of light-blonde hair.
“She befriended this woman. The woman probably gave her some sob story. My cousin went out helping the world . . . She’s just giving to a fault. To her death,” Hutchinson’s cousin Daniele Jeffreys was quoted by WTVR.
The police say on April 5, the two women were seen on CCTV camera at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers. They were seen sharing a laugh, the report said.
The Star Tribune report said another CCTV camera photographed Riess at Hutchinson’s condo in Lee Country.
The cops found Hutchinson shot to death on April 9 at her condo in Lee Country. Another CCTV camera showed Riess at the building. Hutchinson was been shot through the heart, report said.
Hutchinson’s purse had been emptied out, her identification, credit cards and car keys had been taken along with the vehicle.
After that the search for Riess became a multistate and federal matter as more public advisories went out, with photos of the woman and the car she was believed to have taken away. This is the car of Hutchinson police suspect. The car was seen Corpus Christi, Texas, in April, Florida authorities said at a news conference on Friday. But the cops are not aware about Riess’ current location.
David Riess’ obituary, published last week, mentioned the names of his children and grandchildren, but not of Lois Reiss.
“This is the first time in my career I’ve seen someone steal someone’s identity and target them for the way they look in order to murder them,” Florida deputy sheriff told NBC. The police are worried that it won’t be the last (Riess killing someone).
“I suspect Riess as some point in time with have no resources and she will become more desperate and may kill again, the deputy sheriff said.