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Local Reaction After Nationwide Manhunt Ends

April 20, 2018 08:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- UPDATE: The rural Dodge County woman who is accused of killing her husband and another woman has been taken into custody in Texas, according to the U.S. Marshal Service and the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

"I think it's relief for the whole nation at this point. The whole United States and everything because you're not gonna worry about will she go attack my grandma cause she looks like her," said Dodge County resident Lynnette Nash.

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"I think we all need to feel safer cause you never knew when she was coming back or what she'd do if she did," said resident Gail Berge.

Lois Riess, 56, of rural Blooming Prairie, was arrested Thursday night at a restaurant in South Padre Island, Texas around 8:25 p.m., John Kinsey with the U.S. Marshal Service Middle District of Florida said. Riess was alone when she was arrested.

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Riess is accused of shooting her husband David to death at their home off Highway 218 near Blooming Prairie and transferring thousands of dollars out of his business bank account before fleeing the state. Surveillance video showed her at a gas station in Northwood on March 23, the same day her husband's body was discovered.

http://www.kaaltv.com/news/arrest-warrant-issued-for-lois-riess/4845979/

http://www.kaaltv.com/news/new-lois-riess-surveillance-video-released/4873314/?cat=10151

Days later, the video appears to show Riess at a restaurant in Florida with 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson, whom Riess is accused of killing in order to assume her identity. Officials believe Riess targeted Hutchinson due to their similar appearances. 

After Hutchinson's death, her vehicle was seen in Lousiana and Corpus Christie, Texas, and it's believed Riess stole it and Hutchinson's credit cards, police said.

"You hear about her being a cold-blooded killer. Well yes, that is a cold-blooded killer but what drove her to that? I don't know," said resident Gail Berge.

Last week, Florida officials charged Riess with murder, grand theft auto and criminal use of personal identification in connection with Hutchinson's death. Charges in her husband's death have not been filed but could come in the next few days.

http://www.kaaltv.com/news/lois-riess-investigation-murder-warrant-theft/4865638/

"At this point, the Dodge County Attorney's Office and the state's attorney's office in Florida will work back and forth in organizing and building both cases and they'll make the determination on where she gets charged and how that's facilitated in both states," said Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose.

"Our detectives right now are working as we speak cause everything is so fresh and new but we want her back here in Fort Myers," said Undersheriff of Lee County Sheriff's Office Carmine Marceno.

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