'Killer grandma' captured after tipster spots her in Texas restaurant

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The manhunt for a Minnesota grandmother wanted for killing her husband and a woman in Ft. It was the same auto she had allegedly stolen in Florida, Dodge County, Minnesota sheriff Scott Rose said. Authorities found David Riess' body inside his home with multiple gunshots.

The Kosters knew Riess was a fugitive and immediately called police, who confirmed that the caller ID "Stormy Liberty" belonged to Riess.

Riess was caught after a person reported seeing her at a restaurant in South Padre Island, Texas.

Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose told reporters Friday charges against Lois Riess for the death of David Riess are still coming.

Marceno said he had never seen a case quite like this before.

Riess is accused of stealing Hutchinson's vehicle, a white Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA, before fleeing the state.


Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno described Riess as a "stone cold killer". Tess Koster is 58 and bears a resemblance to the 56-year-old Riess - who, a week later, allegedly killed a neighbor of the Kosters, stole her identity and fled to Texas, where she was captured Thursday night.

Some in her southern Minnesota prairie town of 2,000 people speculated that Riess snapped because of gambling debts. "Investigators believe Pamela Hutchinson may have been killed with the same firearm used to murder David Riess". She's also facing one count of felony theft for allegedly illegally transferring $11,000 from her husband's business and personal accounts, to her own.

Lois Riess cosied up to lookalike Pamela Hutchinson nearly two weeks after her husband David's bullet-riddled body was found in their Minnesota home on March 23. She then spent most of the day gambling at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa. "They found her at another local restaurant and were able to go in and call her outside", Smith said.

Riess is accused of murdering 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson in a Fort Myers Beach condo on April 9th and using her identity to withdraw cash before leaving the area in her vehicle.

A grandmother accused of killing her husband before traveling across the country, killing a woman and impersonating her, has been arrested in Texas, authorities said.

"Ms. Hutchinson's purse was found to be in disarray and all cash cards and identification appears to be removed", Marceno said during an April 13 press conference. Riess says. "Just to keep going on down to the next state?"


In the days after Hutchinson's death, her 2005 white Acura with Florida tags was spotted in Louisiana and outside Corpus Christi, Tex., which is a few hours up the coast from South Padre Island. Riess was never charged with a crime, but was ordered to pay her sister more than $100,000.

Riess left Ocala on April 7.

Hutchinson's vehicle was next spotted traveling through Louisiana.

Lois Riess, who drove off in her Cadillac, forged her husband's signature and cashed almost $10,000 in checks she wrote to herself, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

WBBH reports her arrest was based on a tip to the U.S. Marshals.


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