Florida officials join search for Riess

April 13, 2018 GMT

Two-and-a-half weeks after David Riess was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds, U.S. Marshals in Florida say the have joined the search for his missing wife.

The U.S. Marshals in Florida confirmed on Wednesday that they too are looking for 56-year-old Lois Riess in the Fort Myers area, after receiving a lead from Minnesota authorities earlier this week.

“We are looking for her,” said John Kinsey, a deputy with the U.S. Marshals in Florida, Fort Myers division.

Kinsey wouldn’t comment on the details of the search, but noted they are working closely with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Riess is being sought as a person of interest in the case after investigators say she illegally transferred and stole $11,000 from David Riess’ business and personal bank accounts, according to the criminal complaint. Lois Riess was charged with one count of felony theft in Dodge County District Court on March 28; a warrant was also issued for her arrest.

David Riess, 54, was discovered dead in the couple’s rural Blooming Prairie home on March 26. Authorities have ruled the death a homicide, and have turned their attention to his wife, who has been missing since his death.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are leading the investigation; U.S. Marshals in Minnesota are aiding with the search for Lois Riess.

Riess is described as 5-foot-5, blonde and 165 pounds. Riess is reportedly driving a white 2005 Cadillac Escalade.

Investigators believe she may be armed and urged the public to call 911 with information on her whereabouts, but not to approach her.