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Medical Examiner: Montana woman died of single gunshot wound but manner of death remains under investigation

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Investigators say the woman's body was found in the trunk of this car. Investigators say the woman's body was found in the trunk of this car.
Rita Maze (Left) and her daughter (right) (PHOTO: Facebook/GoFundMe) Rita Maze (Left) and her daughter (right) (PHOTO: Facebook/GoFundMe)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

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Rita Maze died of a single gunshot wound to the chest/abdomen area according to investigators. The manner of death has not yet been ruled a homicide. The manner of death remains, "pending further investigation."

The FBI told KHQ's sister station in Montana on Thursday that "according to a law enforcement officer, the preliminary report of a person of interest turned out to be false. The FBI along with Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's department are taking into account all possible leads and angles."

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An investigation is underway after a woman's body was found near the Spokane Airport around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Authorities have identified the woman as 47-year-old Rita Maze of Great Falls. Police say it was her own vehicle, a Pontiac Grand Prix, that she was found in and her body was stuffed in the trunk. Maze's car was found at W. Geiger Blvd. and S. Spotted Rd. Police tracked the vehicle by pinging her cell phone. 

Maze was initially reported missing from Montana Tuesday morning by her husband. Officials believe she was abducted before noon on Tuesday near Wolf Creek. Maze called her husband from the trunk of her car and said a man hit her on the head and that she was now in the trunk of her car. 

After Helena Police put out an attempt to locate Maze's car, it was spotted in Post Falls. Police say Maze's husband able to contact her again on her cell phone and told police she was saying she'd been kidnapped. Cell phone coverage went in and out and Helena Police actually were able to speak to Maze while she was in the trunk. 

Maze was traveling from Helena to Great Falls at the time. Police suspect this may have been a random act of violence but that's still under investigation. 



 

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