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Abducted Montana woman who called family from trunk of a car found dead

September 9, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Abducted Montana woman who called family from trunk of a car found dead Rita Maze (l.) was found dead in the trunk of her car after being abducted at a rest stop. (GOFUNDME)

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A woman, who was abducted from a rest stop in Montana and called her family from the trunk of a car, has been discovered dead.

Rita Maze was driving to Great Falls after visiting her mother on Tuesday morning when an unknown man hit her in the head at the rest stop, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The 47-year-old succeeded in calling her husband, daughter, and the police and informed them that she had been shoved into the trunk of a vehicle.

Lewis and Clark County SheriffLeo Dutton,  told the New York Daily News  that the victim made multiple quiet calls to her family and was believed to be in Washington state when she last attempted to make contact just after 10 p.m.

A Spokane County Sheriff’s officer found Rita Maze’s body in the trunk of her car at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning after the cell phone was used to trace the vehicle.

Rochelle Maze told the Great Falls Tribune that the abducted mother was frightened because she knew the attacker had the firearm that she kept in her car.

Her daughter told Maze that she loved her just before the phone went dead.

No details about the cause of death have been revealed, and Dutton indicated that law enforcement officials have withdrawn from identifying the man observed on surveillance footage as a “person of interest” in the case.

A GoFundMe profile has been launched to assist the family in paying for funeral services, which stated that the victim, who had worked for years as a crosswalk assistant and cook at local schools, was a “genuinely beautiful soul.”

Dutton said the investigation, which is now being led by the FBI because the case had extended into multiple states, has not yet identified a motive behind the murder.

He said that the crime appears to be random and that it is the first murder associated with his county since 2011.

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