A Montana woman abducted from a rest stop was able to call her husband and speak to the police from the trunk of her car where she was held captive before she died, authorities said.
Police found the body of 47-year-old Rita Maze, stuffed in the trunk of her own vehicle which had been abandoned near Washington’s Spokane International Airport – 325 miles west of the Montana town where she had been abducted.
Around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night – roughly two hours after she disappeared – Maze called her husband Bob Maze, and daughter, Rochelle Maze, and told them “a large man in a black hoodie” had attacked her, striking her over the head and tossing her into the trunk.
“She traveled with a gun, and she knew he had her gun, and she was terrified,” Rochelle told the paper. “He kept her in the trunk for 12 hours.”
Her family told police what she said, and detectives were able to call her back while she was in the car, using her cellphone to track her location, according to KHQ-TV.
By early Wednesday morning, investigators discovered her car and Maze’s body. Police have not released her cause of death.
A GoFundMe page has been created for the family.
Sherri E. White