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Grandmother from Minnesota allegedly murders a woman in Fort Myers Beach, steals identity

Well, other than the fact that she’s a grandmother with a reported gambling problem, she is being accused of murdering two people — her husband in Minnesota, and a woman vacationing in Fort Myers Beach.

56-year-old Lois Riess of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota (just south of Minneapolis) is facing second-degree murder charges for the death of her husband David Riess.

His body was found inside his home on March 23, however he had been dead for an undetermined amount of time. His coworkers had noticed he hadn’t been at work for a couple weeks and contacted police.

His wife, Lois, was nowhere to be found — but had transferred over $10,000 from David’s business account to her personal account.

Then in early April, she showed up in Fort Myers Beach.

Surveillance footage from Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach was released Monday. The video from around 5:40 p.m. April 5 was taken four days before Lois allegedly killed 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida. The video shows Lois smiling at the restaurant.

On April 9, local police found Pamela’s body at a complex just down the street from the Smokin’ Oyster.

A press release says the gun used in both deaths might be the same.

Riess took off with Pamela’s white 2005 Acura with Florida license plate Y37RAA, but that’s not all she took.

Investigators believe Riess might have killed Pamela to take her identity because they can’t find any connection between the two women.

There is now a nationwide watch for Lois — with the U.S. Marshals also involved. The car she stole has been spotted in Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas.

If you know where Riess or the stolen vehicle might be, contact police. Police advise not to approach her because she is considered armed and dangerous.

Here is video of her walking into an Ocala, FL area hotel:

And here is another video of the vehicle she may still be traveling in on Fort Myers Beach:

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