Woman stuffed in her car’s trunk able to call family, police find her dead 12 hours after
Fourth Estate Staff
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A woman was able to call her family in Montana and told them that she was stuffed in her own vehicle’s trunk but authorities were not able to save her and found her body in the car 12 hours after.
The woman, Rita Maze, called her family but the cell signal was dropping in and out. Also, she was panicking so her family did not understand most of what she was saying. She reportedly said that a large man in a black hoodie abducted her and hit her over the head with something heavy. He then stuffed her in the back of the Pontiac Grand Prix.
Maze also told her family that the car was moving but she did not know where they were going and she is sure that the man had her gun. Her daughter, Rochelle, said in a statement, “She was terrified. He kept her in her trunk for 12 hours.”
The body of the 47-year-old was found in her vehicle, which was located near Spokane International Airport. Accordingly, it was 325 miles west from where she was abducted. Aside from her family, Maze was able to call the police.
Details about what killed Maze remains under wraps but police officials are expected to release more information soon. Police reportedly has a person of interest but his identity has not been released yet. They are also reviewing surveillance video from a convenience store. No arrests have been made yet.
Maze was reportedly on a road trip. She traveled to Helena to visit family members and was on her way back to Great Falls. She stopped for gas and then stopped at a rest area where she was abducted. Maze reportedly had a gun for safety measures.
The FBI is now involved in the investigation since the suspect crossed state lines.
A GoFundMe campaign has been put up to support the family of Maze and the donations are now at $10,000.