Lois Riess, a 56-year-old mother of three adult children and at least one grandchild, is being dubbed a "stone-cold killer" by authorities following the shooting deaths of her husband, David, and a stranger she met in Florida named Pamela Hutchinson, according to NBC News.
Riess was last spotted north of Corpus Christi, Texas, on April 8.
Authorities have also connected her to the murder of Pamela Hutchinson, 59, in Fort Myers last week, saying Riess was seen on surveillance video driving her auto shortly thereafter.
She is expected to continue targeting other women who look like her to steal their identities, authorities said. There, investigators say, Riess uses Hutchinson's ID to make an over-the-counter cash withdrawal of $5,000.
Added the marshals service: Riess "bears a striking resemblance to (Hutchinson) and has stolen the victim's driver license, credit cards and 2005 white Acura TL (FL tag Y37TAA)". Police have claimed Riess carefully selected Ms Hutchinson as they shared the same hair colour and build - making her an easy target for identity theft.
She is accused of murdering her husband, David Riess, in Blooming Prairie last month. The sheriff's office believes she then went and gambled at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa, before stopping at the gas station.
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A surveillance video released earlier this week showed a smiling Riess sitting at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery on Fort Myers Beach in Florida on April 5 as she chatted to Hutchinson - her second victim.
'Further investigation revealed that Ms Hutchinson was targeted by the suspect due to the similarities in their appearance'.
Investigators found the 59-year-old Hutchinson dead four days later in unit 404 of the Marina Village, but they have not been able to catch up to "Losing Streak Lois", who is the subject of a nationwide hunt. She will smile, she's calculated and she's a killer on the loose'.
The arrest was based on a tip to the U.S. Marshals saying she was in the area.
Riess is next seen at a Wells Fargo Bank in Fort Myers Beach, where she stops before leaving town.
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