U.S. Marshals are assisting in a nationwide search for the suspect who allegedly murdered and stole the identity of a woman in Fort Myers Beach earlier this week.
The suspect, Lois Reiss, 56, has fled Southwest Florida and is considered armed and dangerous according to Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno. Reiss is already a person of interest in a homicide in Dodge County, Minnesota.
In a press conference on Friday, Marceno said that the the victim, 59 year-old Pamela Hutchinson, was likely shot to death due to her similar appearance to the suspect.
“Ms. Hutchinson’s purse was found to be in disarray and all cash cards and identification appears to be removed,” said Marce. “Reiss’ mode of operation is to befriend women who resemble her and steal their identity.”
Reiss made off with the victim’s ID as well as her 2005 Acura TL with Florida tag number Y37-TAA. It is believed that she fled through the gulf states and the Corpus Christi area of Texas, but Marceno said her current whereabouts are unknown.
“U.S. Marshals are actively involved in the search for this fugitive,” said Marceno. “Reiss is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if located.”
Reiss is a white female of 56, 5’5” and 160 pounds with blonde hair. She may be traveling under the victim’s name, Pamela Hutchinson.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information to contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).
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