BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minnesota — A fugitive who has been on the lam for weeks following the murder of her husband is now wanted for allegedly killing a Florida woman in a bid to steal her identity.
Lois Reiss, 56, is the top suspect in the slaying of her husband, David, in their home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota in early March, according to the Dodge County Sheriff’s office.
Investigators found David’s body on March 23, with multiple gunshot wounds, after his business partner called police to say he hadn’t been heard from for two weeks. His wife, Lois, was nowhere to be found.
Police soon determined that Lois Reis, who friends said had struggled with a gambling problem, had been spotted at a casino in Iowa, but by the time cops got there, she was gone.
The trail went cold for two weeks, but then investigators zeroed in on Reiss again, this time in Florida, where she was a suspect in the murder of 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson.
She was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in her home in Fort Myers Beach, Florida on April 9, police there said. Hutchinson’s cash, credit cards, identification and car were all stolen, cops said.
Police say they believe the same weapon was used in both killings.
Detectives say Reiss has since been spotted in Hutchinson’s stolen car, a white Acura, in Louisiana and near Corpus Christi, Texas.
The U.S. Marshals Service is currently hunting for Reiss, who has three grown kids and grandchildren, and say she is considered armed and dangerous.