Abducted Montana Woman Was Able To Alert Her Husband, Died Before She Was Found

Rita Maze, left, was found dead inside the trunk of a car in Spokane, Washington.

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A Montana woman abducted on Sept. 6 was found dead the following day inside the trunk of a car in Washington State. The local sheriff believes it was a random attack.

Authorities said Rita Maze, 47, managed to call her husband and talk to police from inside the trunk of her abductor's car but died before she was able to be rescued.

Maze had been driving home to Great Falls, Montana when she was attacked at a rest stop on Interstate 15, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said during a press conference on Wednesday morning, according to NBC News.

Maze had been returning home from visiting family in the state's capital Helena when she was accosted, stuffed into the trunk of a car, and driven to a parking lot near Spokane International Airport in Washington – more than 250 miles away, Dutton said.

From inside the trunk, Maze managed to call her husband and also spoke with a Helena police officer.

The movement caused the signal to fade in and out, but it allowed law enforcement to track her location using signals from local cell towers, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office told NBC News.

Spokane officers said in a statement that they found Maze’s body around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. Her cause of death remains unknown, and Dutton said his office was seeking a person of interest.

Members of the Great Falls community set up a GoFundMe page for Maze, who worked as a cook at an elementary school.

BuzzFeed News had reached out to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for more information.


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