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For Immediate Release

April 20, 2018 John Kinsey, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Florida, Fort Myers Division (239) 603-8224
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Arrest Fugitive Grandmother, 'Losing Streak Lois', in Texas
Lois Riess (CAPTURED)Fort Myers, FL - The manhunt for fugitive grandmother Lois Riess is over. U.S. Marshals arrested Riess at approximately 8:25 p.m. CDT Thursday at a restaurant in South Padre Island, Texas.

Wanted in Lee County, Florida, for murder, Riess allegedly killed 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson in a Fort Myers Beach condo on or about April 5. She then stole the victim’s driver’s license, credit cards and 2005 white Acura TL and fled. Riess, 56, is also a person of interest in the murder of her husband in Dodge County, Minnesota, in March. Dodge County authorities have also charged her with grand theft.

The fugitive investigation for Riess gained momentum when U.S. Marshals received a tip from a restaurant worker who thought they spotted her. The alert worker provided a description of the suspect and her vehicle. When Deputy U.S. Marshals and South Padre Island police arrived on the scene, they located the vehicle. Authorities then made their way into the nearby restaurant and found Riess sitting at the bar. She was taken into custody without incident.

“I want to acknowledge the doggedness of our deputies, specifically in Florida, Minnesota and Texas, and our state and local law enforcement partners who worked this case around the clock,” said U.S. Marshal William Berger of the Middle District of Florida. “I also want to thank the media and the public. You played a significant part in helping us capture Riess and ending her dangerous crime spree.”

Riess is currently being held in a jail in south Texas awaiting extradition.

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