SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess was apprehended Thursday night in south Texas, ending a nationwide manhunt for the woman suspected of killing her husband and an innocent bystander in Florida.

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Riess at about 8:25 p.m. in South Padre Island, while she was sitting alone at a restaurant in a resort, according to the sheriff’s office in Lee County, Fla., and the Marshals Service.

The 56-year-old Blooming Prairie woman is suspected of fatally shooting her husband last month before fleeing the state and killing a Florida woman to steal her identity.

The Dodge County sheriff’s office in southeastern Minnesota confirmed the arrest in a tweet about 9:45 p.m. Thursday. More information on the arrest is expected to be released during a news conference on Friday.

South Padre Island is a vacation destination on an isolated barrier island on the Gulf Coast of Texas near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Riess had been on the run since her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds at their home in Blooming Prairie on March 23.

David Riess’ body was discovered after his business partner in the Prairie Wax Worm Farm called Dodge County authorities to ask them to check on him. The partner said no one at work had seen David Riess in over two weeks.

Dodge County sheriff’s officials said earlier this week that second-degree murder charges in his death were expected soon.

Officials believe Lois Riess used the same gun to kill 59-year-old Pamela Hutchinson of Bradenton, Fla. She was found dead on April 9 in south Florida.

Authorities say the two women talked at a bar in Fort Myers Beach and that Riess killed Hutchinson to assume her identity because of their physical resemblance.

Authorities say she stole Hutchinson’s car, which had been seen in Louisiana and Texas. The car was also seen in north Florida, where Riess was later believed to be staying at a hotel in Ocala after she was spotted by surveillance cameras.

The U.S. Marshals Service had offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to Riess’ arrest.

The Marshals Service had also publicized the dragnet this week via electronic billboard in at least five Southwestern states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Nevada.

Dubbed by local authorities as “Losing Streak Lois,” Riess was known to have a gambling addiction and often frequented casinos. She has also been called "killer grandma" because she looks as if she could be anyone's grandmother.

“I promised all along that Lois Riess would end up in a pair of handcuffs,” Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno said in a Thursday night statement announcing the arrest. “Tonight, she sits in a jail cell in Texas. We are working as expeditiously as possible to bring her back to Lee County to face murder charges.”

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