‘Cold-blooded murderer’ grandmother from Minnesota seen in bar video, Florida police say


FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Newly released surveillance video shows a southeastern Minnesota woman in a Florida bar smiling and talking with a fellow patron whom police say she later killed so she could steal her identity.

This undated photo provided by the Dodge County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who is being sought in connection with the killing of a Florida woman. Riess is charged in the shooting death of Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Fla. Authorities don't believe the women knew each other, but that Riess killed Hutchinson earlier this week to assume her identity. Riess is also wanted in the March death of her husband, David Riess. She has not yet been charged in that case. (Dodge County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Lois Riess (Dodge County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The video released by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office shows 56-year-old Lois Riess of Bloomberg Prairie, Minn., talking to 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson April 5 at the Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach.

Police say Riess is also wanted for the slaying of her husband, David Riess, in Minnesota.

David Riess was found shot to death at the couple’s home in late March after his business partner in the Prairie Wax Worm Farm called Dodge County authorities to ask them to check on him. The partner said no one at work had seen David Riess in over two weeks.

Authorities say Lois Riess may have targeted Hutchinson because the two women looked alike.

Riess is still at large. Authorities say she stole Hutchinson’s car, which has been seen in Louisiana and Texas.

Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said that although Riess “may look like anyone’s mother or grandmother, she’s an absolute cold-blooded murderer.”

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