A woman accused of killing her husband was caught on video at a bar talking with another of her suspected murder victims — a lookalike woman authorities believe the suspect may have killed so that she could steal her victim’s identity and go on the run.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities are searching for double murder suspect Lois Reis, who is wanted for questioning in the March 23 death of her husband David Reiss at the couple’s Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, home.
Investigators reportedly did not learn of David Reiss’s death until two weeks after the suspected murder. By that time, Lois Reis is suspected of having fled the state, and police believe she traveled to Florida, where Pamela Sellers Hutchinson, 59, was found shot to death in her home near West Palm Beach. The victim’s personal belongings, including her car, identification, and credit cards were missing, and Lois Reis was reportedly captured on surveillance footage leaving the scene.
The Associated Press has obtained additional surveillance footage appearing to show the victim and the suspect together at a bar on April 5. The surveillance video, released by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, shows the two women sitting together at the bar in Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Myers Beach, appearing to have a pleasant chat.
The dead woman’s car has reportedly been seen in Louisiana and Texas. Reiss is believed to be armed and dangerous, and Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno warned in an interview with the Associated Press that while Reiss “may look like anyone’s mother or grandmother, she’s an absolute cold-blooded murderer.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Tip Line at 877-966-6222.
[Feature image: Lois Reis; YouTube video screenshot/Lee County Sheriff’s Office]