(Blooming Prairie, MN) – A reward is now being offered in the case of the southern Minnesota woman wanted for two murders.
The US Marshals Service has updated the Lois Riess case to a Major Case as of today and is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to her arrest. In addition, Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000.
Meantime, authorities say the murder streak by the 56-year-old grandma may not be over.
Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno told NBC that while Riess may smile and resemble anyone’s grandma, she is a cold blooded killer. Marceno also said that Riess may strike again when she runs out of resources and becomes desperate.
(Video released by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office shows Riess with Pamela Hutchinson, before she allegedly shot and killed the woman to assume her identity earlier this month.)
Riess has been on the run since March 23rd, when Dodge County deputies discovered the body of her husband, David Riess, with multiple gunshot wounds.
Two weeks later on April 9th, Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Florida, was found dead and authorities believe Riess used the same gun in both of the killings.
After the murder of Hutchinson, Riess stole her car, a white 2005 Acura, and the vehicle was later spotted in Louisiana and most recently in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has said that Riess is known to frequent casinos and after the murder of her husband, Riess apparently made a stop at Diamond Joe’s Casino in northern Iowa, but left before police were alerted and could respond.
Reports from WINK News suggest that Riess had a gambling addiction and had stolen $100,000 from her sister and the TV station has dubbed her “Losing Streak Lois.”
Riess is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should immediately call 911.
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