Lois Riess was finally arrested on April 20th, 2018 around 8:30pm at a restaurant in South Padre, Texas.¬† Lois Riess is a 56-year-old Minnesota woman who is suspected of murdering her husband and Pamela Hutchinson, a 59-year-old Florida woman.¬† Two federal deputy marshals arrested her in the beach resort community which is only 27 miles from the border.¬† It is believed that she was going to cross the border to Mexico and hide from authorities there.¬† Lois Riess had been on the run since March.¬† Authorities presume that Lois Riess killed Pamela Hutchinson to take on her identity and steal her vehicle. ¬†
Her husband, David Riess, was found in their home with multiple gunshot wounds after his business partner contacted authorities on March 23, 2018.¬† David had not been to work in over two weeks and that was when his business partner called the police and asked them to check on him.¬† This was when authorities started their search for Lois Riess.
Lois Riess was seen in a casino in Iowa but by the time authorities arrived she was already gone.¬† She apparently was known for gambling.¬† The surveillance tape shows her buying a sandwich and asking for directions to get out of state.¬† Riess cashed more than $10,000 in forged checks from her deceased husband‚Äôs business account.¬† Additionally, she spent multiple days gambling under different names before she made her next move, driving to Florida.¬† She abandoned her SUV in a Florida park after she befriended a woman that looked just like her, Pamela Hutchinson Riess‚Äô plan was to impersonate her identity and steal her money.¬† Lois shot Pamela sometime between April 5th and April 9th with the same gun that she used when she murdered her husband.¬† She assumed her identity and stole her credit cards, drivers license, and car.¬† Riess withdrew $5,000 from Hutchinson‚Äôs account before she left Florida.¬† Authorities were notified that she was at a casino in Louisiana where she was gambling under her name and won $1,500 before she drove to Texas. Riess made it all the way to South Padre Island where someone recognized her at a restaurant and called authorities.¬† It only took the federal agents 25 minutes to arrive and arrest Riess.¬† Now she is sitting in a jail cell in Texas waiting to be expedited back to Lee County to face murder charges.¬† Riess is also being charged for grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft, and criminal use of personal identification.¬†