Manhunt Ends: Lois Riess Captured Thursday in Texas

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(Blooming Prairie, MN) – The manhunt for the southern Minnesota grandma accused of two murders has ended with Lois Riess’ arrest in Texas.

The 56-year-old Riess was taken into custody around 8:30 Thursday night on South Padre Island, which is a resort community not far from the U.S./Mexico border.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office says a citizen spotted Riess walk into a restaurant, look at the menu and then leave. That person called authorities, who responded and found the stolen car Riess had been driving and then located her sitting at a bar in the area. She was taken into custody without incident.

At this point, it’s unclear if she’ll be prosecuted in Minnesota or Florida first.

Riess had been on the run since March 23rd when the body of her husband David was found at their home in Blooming Prairie. He had been shot multiple times.

From there, Riess cashed $10,000 worth of forged checks and went to Northwood, Iowa, where she spent most of the day gambling at Diamond Jo casino, and then stopped at a nearby gas station, asking how to get south.

Two weeks later on April 9th, Pamela Hutchinson was found dead in Florida and authorities believe Riess targeted Hutchinson as her next murder victim so she could steal her identity.

After the killing of Hutchinson, police say Riess stole her car and the vehicle was later spotted in Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas.  South Padre is about three hours south of Corpus Christi.

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