More questions than answers in woman's death in trunk

The Spokane County Medical Examiner said a woman found dead in the trunk of a auto near the Spokane Airport died of a single gunshot wound.

"By the time we contacted (police) at 8:30, she had been gone for nine hours, and we didn't even know it", Rochelle Maze said.

The manner of death is now listed as "pending", which means the medical examiner is deferring the determination until the death investigation and laboratory studies are complete. Her purse and keys were in the vehicle.

The body of Rita M. Maze, 47, of Great Falls, Montana, was found shortly after midnight Wednesday in a parking lot outside Spokane, Wash., International Airport, according to Montana and Washington authorities. Law enforcement used phone data to locate her vehicle near the Spokane Airport where the woman's body was found in the trunk. A handgun and two spent casings lay next to her.

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

"We don't know if she hung up or what". "What happened in between?" But Dutton said there was a person of interest in the case and authorities were looking at surveillance video from a convenience store.

But on Thursday, a law-enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said those reports were inaccurate.

"I believe she was abducted", Rochelle Maze told The Spokesman-Review.

The abduction and murder of Montana woman Rita Maze is being investigated by both the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (because she was transported across state lines), and authorities are reportedly working on a timeline of events (her credit card was allegedly used during the time that she was kidnapped), and reviewing a gas station surveillance video that may have captured her kidnapper/murderer on film.

Maze's body was found in the trunk.

Her licence plate was also captured on camera near Post Falls in the state of Idaho.

Members of the Great Falls community set up a GoFundMe page for Maze, who worked as a cook at an elementary school. At the rest stop along Interstate 15, she was less than 60 miles from home. "She was at a rest stop and a suspect approached her and hit her in the head and put her in the trunk".

"It makes no sense", her 23-year-old daughter, Rochelle Maze, said.

"Please pray for the Maze family, they need all the support and strength they can get right now", she added.

"The vehicle appeared to be unoccupied with the keys in the ignition and a female purse in the front seat", the search warrant says. There was blood on the ground and a $20 bill nearby.

"If anyone ever asked her for anything at all, from money to anything, she would give them the shirt off of her back", Rochelle Maze said.



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