Authorities in Minnesota and beyond are looking for a woman they believe was responsible for two recent shooting deaths.
According to WCCO, 56-year-old Lois Ann Reiss was initially wanted for questioning in connection with the March 23 death of her husband, David, in their Blooming Prairie home.
Reports by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office indicate prosecutors are preparing second-degree murder charges in that case.
When authorities became aware of David Reiss’ death about two weeks after he was killed, they began an as-yet unsuccessful search for his wife.
Police believe the suspect left the scene in the victim’s Cadillac Escalade and headed to a casino in Iowa, but officers in that state did not arrive in time to apprehend her.
From there, she allegedly traveled to Florida where she found a woman who resembled her and shot the second victim with the same gun she used days earlier to kill her husband. Pamela Sellers Hutchinson, 59, was found dead in her condominium near Fort Meyers Beach.
Reiss’ plan, investigators say, was to steal the woman’s identity. She had reportedly already dyed her hair blonde in an alleged attempt to more closely resemble the victim.
Lee County, Florida, Undersheriff Carmine Marcino said the suspects “mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity.”
Along with discovering the dead body, police say they determined Hutchinson’s car, identifying information and credit cards were missing. Reiss was allegedly captured on surveillance footage leaving the scene in a sedan with Florida license plates Y37 TAA.
She is believed to have traveled west from Florida and was last suspected to be in the area of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Authorities say the suspect should be treated as armed and dangerous. The search remains ongoing and anyone with information can contact the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Tip Line at 877-966-6222.
[Featured image: Lee County Sheriff’s Office]