Updated 20 April, 2018 11:06 AM EDT
Fort Myers, Florida – A tip led to the arrest in Texas of a woman investigators who believed her husband killed in Minnesota then fled to Florida where she killed her deadly Doppelgänger with the intention of assuming its identity, the US Marshals Service said Friday. Two Deputy Federal Marshals Arrested56, about 8:30 pm Thursday, at a restaurant in South Padre Island, Texas, the agency said earlier in a statement.
South Padre Island is a resort community 27 miles from the crossing to Mexico.
City spokeswoman Angelique Soto said Friday that a witness The authorities said a woman who met Riess's description was in the restaurant. Her identity was confirmed by officers and the car she used was towed and confiscated, "Soto said.
At a Friday morning press conference in Florida, Deputy US Marshal John Kinsey told reporters that Riess was detained without Incident.
"Today is a big win," Lee County under-sheriff Carmine Marceno told reporters. "She can not strike again. That was our main concern. We ran a killer off the streets. "
Riess had been on the run since at least the end of March when her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, was fatally shot dead in her home in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota The subject of a nationwide hunt.
She was seen on March 23 in a supermarket and casino in North Iowa. Authorities released a video showing Riess approaching the ticket collector, buying a sandwich and asking directions south of the state. The shop is next to a casino, where the authorities say Riess spent the day gambling before stopping at the gas station.
On March 23, David Riess's business partner called the authorities and asked them to check on him. The partner said nobody had seen David Riess in more than two weeks. Authorities found the body of David Riess in his house with several shots.
They could not tell how long he was dead and could not find his wife. They learned that Lois Riess might have been in the casino in Iowa, but she was not there when she searched for her.
From there, the investigators believed they were in Florida, killing 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson from Bradenton
The authorities were summoned to Fort Myers Beach on April 9 and found Hutchinson dead with gunshot wounds. The investigators believe that Riess used the same weapon to kill her husband and Hutchinson and that she killed the woman to assume her identity.
Surveillance video showed that Riess smiled on April 5 in a Fort Myers Beach brewery and spoke with Hutchinson. The authorities say she may have targeted Hutchinson because the two women looked alike.
Hutchinson moved to Florida last year from Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Riess is being held in South Padre Island jail. Soto, the spokeswoman for the city, said it was unclear where she would be extradited and what her charges would be.
"It's still in the air and we're waiting to see if it's going to Florida or Minnesota," Soto said.
Minnesota's court records show that Riess was suspended as a guardian for her disabled 61-year-old sister after she reported that she had transferred money from a guardianship account to her own account and subsequently withdrawn funds from a casino
An Affidavit The 2015 declaration states that thousands of dollars have been spent at the Diamond Jo Casino in Northern Iowa, not far from Riess Blooming Prairie Home. Riess was never charged with a crime, but was ordered to pay her sister more than $ 100,000.
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