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UPDATE: Dodge County death now being called a homicide

Wife of dead man being called a "person of interest."

Posted: Mar. 25, 2018 7:06 PM
Updated: Mar. 27, 2018 7:37 AM

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. – A man’s death in rural Dodge County is now being called a homicide.

The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office says David Riess, 54 of Blooming Prairie, died Friday as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

His wife, Lois Ann Riess, is being called a “person of interest” in this killing. The Dodge County Sheriff’s Office describes Lois Riess, 56, as 5-foot-5 and 165 pounds with light blonde hair and brown eyes. Authorities say she is likely driving a white 2005 Cadillac Escalade with the Minnesota license plate 864-LAE.

Investigators say they believe Lois Riess is armed and urge the public to not approach her but call 911 with any information on where she is. Lois Riess is reportedly known to frequent casinos.

Some may be worried authorities don't have anyone in custody. However, one local business owner, who didn't want to be identified, said she doesn't see this as a safety concern.

"I don't think she's out to hurt anyone else," the business owner said. "I just feel bad for the family and everyone close to them that this is affecting."

The community of Blooming Prairie is still trying to piece together what happened over the weekend.

"All I've heard is what's on Facebook so far," the business owner said.

Dodge County deputies were on scene of Prairie Wax Worm Farm Saturday night.

The business owner tells KIMT Lois Riess lives in the house located on the same property of Prairie Wax Worm Farm.

Many versions of the story of what people think happened are going around town, but the one thing for sure is that it's a situation affecting the community of Blooming Prairie.

"I had gone to bed Saturday night thinking about what a wonderful community this is because we had our Blooming Prairie Education Foundation Auction," the local business owner said, "and then the next thing I know I hear this and it's just, yeah. It just seems unreal for our little community."

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting with this investigation.

Lois Riess

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KIMT NEWS 3 - The Dodge County Sheriff's Office and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the death of a man in rural Dodge County Friday night.

A Dodge County Sheriff's car was on the scene of Prairie Wax Worm Farms Saturday night, just outside of Blooming Prairie.

Authorities say this death is considered suspicious, and now they're looking for 56-year-old Lois Ann Riess who may have information regarding this investigation.

She's being described as a white female, 5'5, 165 pounds, with brown eyes and blonde hair. Her hair is said to be lighter in color than it shows in the attached picture.

Authorities are also looking for a 2005 Cadillac Escalade. It's said to be white with the Minnesota license plate 864-LAE.

Anyone with information regarding Riess' whereabouts or about this investigation should contact the Dodge County Sheriff's Office Dispatch at (507) 635-6200.

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