What began with murder and theft in Dodge County is now a nationwide dragnet.
Friday afternoon Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno told colleagues which 56-year-old Lois Riess is desired for murder in the passing of the Fort Myers beach front woman.
Authorities say that Lois Riess first shot to death her husband in Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, last month, reports WBBH.
"She's always seemed really normal", said Cashman, who had taken a painting class with Lois Riess and a mutual friend.
Riess and her husband were outgoing and well-known in their town of 1,900, said Jenny Cashman, manager of the Blooming Prairie Servicemen's Club, where the couple often came for lunch. He had been shot several times. Also missing was David's Cadillac Escalade. She then allegedly forged David's signature on three checks written from his personal account to herself, totaling $11,000. On March 24, investigators from Dodge County, the BCA and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation responded to Diamond Jo's, but determined that Riess left prior to their arrival.
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Riess is now wanted in two states and LCSO suggests she may now be traveling in a stolen white 2005 Acura TL, bearing the Florida tag Y37TAA.
Then on Monday evening, police there were called to Marina Village Snug Harbor condominiums where the body of 59-year-old Pamela Sellers Hutchinson was discovered in one of the units. Investigators believe the same firearm was used in both shootings.
Authorities have been searching for Riess since her husband was found dead at their home from multiple gunshot wounds on March 23.
Riess is believed to be driving Hutchinson's vehicle, a white Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA. Authorities warn that she is considered armed and extremely unsafe. Local, state and federal investigators in Florida have watched hundreds of hours of surveillance video in an attempt to track Lois Riess, and believe she is now somewhere near Corpus Christi, Texas.