Kidnapped Mom Calls Family From Trunk Of Car Before Death

A Montana woman was abducted at a rest stop and managed to call family and authorities on her cellphone before her death. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

In her terror-filled final hours a Montana woman spoke with her husband and daughter after being knocked out and put inside the trunk of her car. She had no idea who had kidnapped her, what car she was in or where she was going but was able to call her family on her cellphone and even spoke to police. Despite law enforcement's best efforts they were unable to track her down. Hours later her car was found 325 miles away in Spokane, Washington. Her dead body was inside.

Rita Maze, 47, of Great Falls, Montana had been visiting relatives Tuesday morning in the town of Helena, where she grew up. Somewhere on the way home she encountered her killer at a rest stop. When she didn’t come home on time, her husband Bob Maze and daughter Rochelle knew something was wrong. While reporting her missing to the police that evening, Rita called. She was hysterical but described her kidnapper as a large man wearing a black hoodie and said he hit her over the head with something before putting her in the trunk of her car. But before they could track her, her signal faded.

Police used her cellphone signal to track her and even spoke to her in the moments before her death, but it was all for naught. They found her dead body in the trunk of her own car at 12:30 that night near the Spokane International Airport. Police have not released the cause of death though said there is a person of interest in the case and they are currently reviewing footage from a convenience store security camera. Because Rita was taken over state lines, the FBI are also investigating the case. 

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