The Associated Press reports that a nationwide hunt is underway for a woman suspected of killing her husband, then befriending and killing her look-alike so she could steal her identity. Lois Reiss, 56, of Minnesota, has been charged with the shooting death of Pamela Hutchinson, 59, of Bradenton, Florida. Hutchinson’s body was found in Fort Myers Beach today with gunshot wounds to her head.
It is believed Riess killed the woman to steal her identity. Hutchinson’s purse had been rummaged through, and credit cards and identification had been removed. The two women also resemble each other.
Police believe Riess is driving Hutchinson’s car, which is a white Acura TL with Florida plates. It has been spotted in both Louisiana and Corpus Christi, Texas since Hutchinson’s death. The 2005 white Cadillac Escalade owned by Riess was discovered abandoned in a Florida park.
Riess is wanted for murder, grand theft of a motor vehicle and grand theft and criminal use of personal identification. She is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if seen. Anyone who believes they have located her should call 911.
Reiss is also wanted in connection to the March death of her husband in Minnesota. She faces second-degree murder charges for that case. It is suspected that the same gun was used to kill both her husband and Hutchinson.
David Reiss’s body was discovered in his home with multiple gunshot wounds on March 23 after his business partner asked police to check on him, as he hadn’t been to work in over two weeks. Lois Reiss has been on the run ever since.
*Photo credit The Associated Press