Accused killer granny last seen in Texas - nationwide search underway

Desiree Steele
April 18, 2018

New surveillance video shows accused killer Lois Riess at a hotel in Ocala, Florida, and driving what appears to be the auto she stole from the woman killed on Fort Myers Beach.

Over the weekend, local law enforcement released surveillance video showing Riess talking to Pamela Hutchinson, 59, at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery on April 5th.

The vehicle she was believed to be driving was found abandoned in Florida, and authorities believe Riess has since fled southwest Florida and may now be in Texas.

Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno says that although Riess "may look like anyone's mother or grandmother, she's an absolute cold-blooded murderer".


Her current whereabouts are unknown and Marceno warned people not to approach Riess, who should be considered armed and unsafe.

Officers did, and found him dead of gunshot wounds at the worm farm on March 23, the sheriff of Dodge County said.

But on the very last day of her trip, she met Riess and wrote on Facebook, "I'm staying another night".

Police believe Riess killed both victims with the same gun, and may still have it.


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lois Riess is asked to contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's tip line at 1-877-996-6222, or 911.

"It was just evil", Jeffreys said.

She then allegedly went on the lam, stopping at Diamond Joe's Casino in Iowa to feed her gambling habit.

Authorities also have said they suspect that after David Riess was killed, his wife transferred almost $10,000 from his business account into his personal account and then forged his signature on three checks to herself for $11,000. Hutchinson's purse was found in disarray and her keys were missing. "This is the first time in my career I've seen someone steal someone " s identity and target them for the way they look in order to murder them", Marceno said.


On the "Today" broadcast, Marceno said that Riess will run out of money and could possibly kill again.

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