Woman on the run after allegedly killing husband, doppelganger in multi-state crime spree

PHOTO: Pamela Hutchinson is seen here in this surveillance video released by Lee County Sheriffs Office meeting with suspect Lois Riess in Fort Myers, Fla.PlayLee County Sheriff's Office
WATCH Woman accused of killing her husband, doppelganger

Investigators are on the hunt for a 56-year-old Minnesota woman wanted for allegedly shooting her husband to death, then targeting and killing a Florida woman who looked like her.

She has crossed several states in the alleged killing spree that has spanned 1,500 miles and she hasn't been caught yet. She is expected to continue targeting other women who look like her to steal their identities, authorities said.

This is a likely map of her alleged crimes that authorities have pieced together so far.

PHOTO: An undated photo of Lois Riess who is wanted in connection with two killings, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
An undated photo of Lois Riess who is wanted in connection with two killings, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Minnesota man found dead

David Reiss, 54, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, hadn't been seen in more than two weeks as of March 23, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota said. His business partner became concerned and requested that authorities go to his home to check on his welfare.

When they arrived, authorities found Riess' body inside the home; he had been shot multiple times. It was unclear how long he had been dead, they said.

His wife, 56-year-old Lois Riess, was missing. She has been identified as a suspect in the killing.

PHOTO: An undated photo of Lois Riess who is wanted in connection with two killings, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
An undated photo of Lois Riess who is wanted in connection with two killings, according to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

The road to Iowa

Investigators believe that after David Riess was killed, Lois Riess transferred almost $10,000 from his business account to his personal account.

"Lois Riess then forged his signature on three checks written from his personal account to herself totaling $11,000," the sheriff's office said. "Lois Riess does not have check-writing authority for either account."

Investigators tried to zero in on Lois Riess' location and learned she had gone to Diamond Joe's Casino in Worth County, Iowa. She was already gone before authorities arrived on March 24.

A second killing in Florida

From there, Lois Riess allegedly made her way to Florida.

She was spotted on camera, wearing a light blue shirt, at Smokin’ Oyster Brewery in Fort Meyers Beach, on April 5. She appeared to be chatting with 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson.

PHOTO: Pamela Hutchinson is seen here in this surveillance video released by Lee County Sheriffs Office meeting with suspect Lois Riess in Fort Myers, Fla.Lee County Sheriffs Office
Pamela Hutchinson is seen here in this surveillance video released by Lee County Sheriff's Office meeting with suspect Lois Riess in Fort Myers, Fla.

Hutchinson, of Bradenton, Florida, was found dead in Fort Myers Beach on April 9.

Authorities believe Lois Reiss shot and killed Hutchinson, possibly with the same gun used in the killing of her husband.

PHOTO: The crime scene where Pamela Hutchinsons body was found at her apartment in Fort Myers, Fla., on April 9, 2018.Lee County Sheriffs Office
The crime scene where Pamela Hutchinson's body was found at her apartment in Fort Myers, Fla., on April 9, 2018.

Hutchinson's purse was left in "disarray" and all cash, credit cards and ID had been removed, the Lee County Sheriff's Office said. Her car was also missing.

"[Lois] Riess' mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identities," said the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The manhunt heads west

PHOTO: Surveillance video released by Lee County Sheriffs in Fort Myers, Fla., in the case involving the murder of Pamela Hutchinson.Lee County Sheriffs Office
Surveillance video released by Lee County Sheriff's in Fort Myers, Fla., in the case involving the murder of Pamela Hutchinson.

Riess' 2005 white Cadillac Escalade was found last week abandoned in a Florida park, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said.

Authorities describe her as armed and dangerous -- and is believed to be driving Hutchinson's car, a white Accura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA.

PHOTO: Lois Riess may be traveling in a stolen, white 2005 Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA.Lee County Sheriffs Office
Lois Riess may be traveling in a stolen, white 2005 Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA.

The car has been spotted in Louisiana, as well as Corpus Christi, Texas, in the days since Hutchinson's death, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lois Riess is described as having brown eyes and light blonde hair. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds.

PHOTO: An undated surveillance photo of Lois Riess at an Ocala, Fla., area hotel, released by the Lee County Sheriffs Office.Lee County Sheriffs Office
An undated surveillance photo of Lois Riess at an Ocala, Fla., area hotel, released by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

PHOTO: An undated surveillance photo of Lois Riess at an Ocala, Fla., area hotel, released by the Lee County Sheriffs Office.Lee County Sheriffs Office
An undated surveillance photo of Lois Riess at an Ocala, Fla., area hotel, released by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

PHOTO: An undated surveillance photo of Lois Riess at an Ocala, Fla., area hotel, released by the Lee County Sheriffs Office.Lee County Sheriffs Office
An undated surveillance photo of Lois Riess at an Ocala, Fla., area hotel, released by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

A Lee County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman told ABC News that she is known to have a gambling problem and may frequent casinos.

She may be using Pamela Hutchinson's identity as an alias; Hutchinson's birthday is September 1, 1958.

The US Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to her arrest. Florida Crime Stoppers is also offering a $1,000 reward.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's tip-line at 1-877-996-6222.

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