The pair seemed to be friends, appearing together at a local restaurant, but police say that their relationship was only part of a Riess' sinister plan - to kill and steal Hutchinson's identity, choosing her because they looked alike.
The sheriff's office in Lee County, Florida said a Minnesota fugitive wanted for the murder of her husband is also responsible for a murder on Fort Myers Beach this week. Her current location is unknown. Authorities say she may have targeted Hutchinson because the two women looked alike.
Authorities said that a surveillance camera had captured Riess at Hutchinson's condo where the woman was found dead. "U.S. Marshals are actively involved in a national search for this unsafe fugitive".
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Marceno further informed that Riess should be considered armed and unsafe and she may kill someone soon again whenever she is out of money. A second charge of gross abuse of a corpse, a lower felony, was dismissed.
The 56-year-old is believed to be driving Hutchinson's vehicle, a white Acura TL with Florida license plate Y37TAA.
Riess was last seen near Corpus Christi, Texas. Riess' 2005 white Cadillac Escalade was found abandoned in a Florida park.
On the "Today" broadcast, Marceno said that Riess will run out of money and could possibly kill again.More news: Chelsea star Alonso charged by FA
CBS News reports she has no previous criminal history.
A business partner of David Riess asked for a welfare check after he was missing from work for more than two weeks.
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