Feds: $5K reward to find suspected Blooming Prairie killer

Lois Riess
This undated photo provided by the Dodge County, Minn., Sheriff's Office shows Lois Riess, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., who is being sought in connection with the killing of a Florida woman. Riess is charged in the shooting death of Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Fla. Authorities don't believe the women knew each other, but that Riess killed Hutchinson earlier this week to assume her identity. Riess is also wanted in the March death of her husband, David Riess. She has not yet been charged in that case.
Dodge County Sheriff's Office via AP

Federal marshals are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a southern Minnesota woman on the run and being sought in connection with her husband's death and for allegedly killing a woman in Florida and stealing her identity.

Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, Minn., is considered armed and dangerous, the Dodge County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota said Tuesday as it announced the $5,000 reward from the United States Marshals Service as well as a reward of up to $1,000 from Florida Crime Stoppers.

Riess is believed to be driving, a white Acura TL, last seen with Florida license plate Y37TAA. It's the vehicle of Pamela Hutchinson, the 59-year-old Bradenton, Fla., woman Riess allegedly shot and killed.

The Dodge County Attorney's Office is preparing second-degree murder charges against Reiss for the killing of her husband and "we anticipate those charges to be filed within the next few days," Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose said in a statement.

Rose said anyone who has had any recent contact with Riess or who has any information on her whereabouts should call the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Tip-line at 1-877-996-6222. Callers can remain anonymous.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Riess has been dubbed by local authorities as "Losing Streak Lois" and is "known to have a gambling addiction and often frequents casinos."

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