Minnesota Fugitive Arrested in Texas

Minnesota Fugitive Arrested in Texas Click to Enlarge

Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess was apprehended Thursday night in south Texas, ending a nearly month-long nationwide manhunt for the woman suspected of killing her husband and an innocent bystander in Florida.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Riess at about 8:25 p.m. in South Padre Island, while she was sitting alone at a restaurant in a resort, according to the sheriff’s office in Lee County, Fla., and the Marshals Service.

The 56-year-old Blooming Prairie woman is suspected of fatally shooting her husband last month before fleeing the state and killing a Florida woman to steal her identity.

The Dodge County sheriff’s office in southeastern Minnesota confirmed the arrest in a tweet about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. More information on the arrest is expected to be released during a news conference on Friday.

South Padre Island is a vacation destination on an isolated barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Riess had been on the run since her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds at their home in Blooming Prairie on March 23.

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