FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance video showing a murder suspect talking to a woman at a bar in Fort Myers who would later become a murder victim.
A cross-country manhunt is now underway to find Lois Riess, 56, of Blooming Prairie, MN.
Lee County deputies say the surveillance video shows Riess talking to Pamela Hutchinson, 59, at the Smokin' Oyster Brewery on April 5.
Deputies say Riess is now wanted for the murder of Hutchinson, who was found dead in her home last week. Deputies believe Riess may have targeted Hutchinson because they look alike, and she may have assumed her identity.
Riess is also wanted in the murder of her husband, David Riess, last month, who was found dead in Minnesota with multiple gunshot wounds. Authorities say Riess transferred close to $10,000 from a bank account for her husband's business to another of his personal accounts before forging his signature on other checks.
The vehicle she was believed to be driving was found abandoned in Florida, and authorities believe Riess has since fled southwest Florida and may now be in Texas.
She's believed to be driving Hutchinson's white 2005 Acura TL with the Florida license plate Y37TAA.
Undersheriff Carmine Marceno says Riess is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Anyone with information about where she is should call the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's tip line at 1-877-996-6222 or contact Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.