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Lois Reiss Captured in Texas: Accused of Fort Myers Beach Murder

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Lois Reiss

Lois Reiss, a possible serial killer who struck on Fort Myers Beach, has been captured. Authorities caught her in Texas on South Padre Island: a resort location about 45 minutes from the Mexican border. She faces charges for killing a tourist that resembled her on Fort Myers Beach, to assume her identity as she was hiding out for the murder of her husband in Minnesota. It remains to be seen if she will be transported to deal with her charges in Florida or Minnesota first. Her Lee County, FL case could potentially be a death penalty case, as it sounds like an intentional, pre-planned first degree murder, done with the intent to hide out from her earlier crimes. She was apparently captured when an alert restaurant employee recognized her and called authorities. She apparently missed the news that hiding out usually means laying low…

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Is there a Serial Killer on the Loose in Southwest Florida?

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Suspect Lois Reiss

A manhunt is underway for the woman suspected in a murder at Fort Myers Beach that was discovered on Tuesday. Detectives believe Lois Reiss was hiding out in the Fort Myers Beach area, and targeted victim Pamela Hutchinson due to the similarity of their appearance. Ms. Hutchinson was found deceased in her hotel room, murdered by a gunshot to the head. LCSO believes Reiss then stole Ms. Hutchinson’s identity, and her car, and her current whereabouts are unknown: though they indicate she may have fled to Texas.

Ms. Reiss was already the suspect in the murder of her husband in Minnesota. David Reiss was found dead after he failed to show up for a fishing trip on March 23. His body was found in their home with multiple gunshot wounds, his car was missing, and money had been taken out of his business account and transferred to his personal account. Authorities allege Reiss then forged his signature on checks which she cashed, totaling $11,000. She apparently made her way to Fort Myers Beach, identified Ms. Hutchinson due to her similarity of appearance, and then killed her and fled in her stolen vehicle. A nationwide search is underway, and Ms. Reiss is believed to be armed and very dangerous.

Lee County Man Named to US Marshals’ Most Wanted List

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Wesnel Isaac

Long a resident of the Lee County Sheriff’s ¬†most wanted, former Lee County resident Wesnel Isaac has been added to the US¬†Marshal’s 15 most wanted list of fugitives around the country. With the designation comes an increased reward of $26,000. Isaac was thought to have fled to his native Haiti, but may have returned. One of the co-defendants from the triple homicide did manage to leave the country, only to be caught sneaking back in from Mexico. Loubert Jules was convicted of 3 counts of murder, and sentenced to life in prison. The other two co-defendants in that case were given lesser sentenced in exchange for their agreed cooperation, including testimony in Jules’ trial. Isaac remains at large, and is considered armed and very dangerous.

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