Cops: Murderer on the Run Killed Lookalike to Steal ID

Police hunting 56-year-old Lois Riess of Minnesota in two slayings
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2018 4:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police in two states are looking for a 56-year-old woman accused of a bizarre double slaying. Authorities say that Lois Riess first shot to death her husband in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, last month, reports WBBH. Riess than allegedly fled to Florida, where she was hiding out in Fort Myers Beach. There, police say she killed 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson on Monday solely because Hutchinson bore a resemblance to her, and Riess wanted to assume her identity.

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Riess allegedly ransacked the woman's apartment and stole her cash, credit cards, and forms of ID. Riess is believed to be on the run again—in Hutchinson's white Acura with Florida plates—and authorities suspect she's on her way to Texas. "Riess's mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity," says Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno, per the AP. She's considered armed and dangerous. (Read more Fort Myers Beach, Fla. stories.)

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