Chilling last moments for woman found dead in trunk

UPDATE (12:30 p.m. on 9/7/16) -- The Lewis and Clark Sheriff's Office in Helena, Montana, confirmed to KREM 2 News on Wednesday that the woman found dead in the car is from Great Falls, Montana and she was abducted at a rest stop.

Sheriff Leo Dutton said Rita Maze, 47, of Great Falls was abducted near Wolf Creek as she was driving from Helena to Great Falls. This was first reported to CBS affiliate KRTV.

Sheriff Dutton told KRTV that Maze contacted her husband with a cellphone but was unable to give specifics on her location or abduction. Dutton said Maze told them she had been hit over the head at a rest stop on Interstate 15 and taken late Tuesday morning.

Family told KREM 2 that Maze said on the phone call she thought they had been driving for a long time and kept saying "help me."  Maze's daughter said she got to tell her mother she loved her one last time before the call disconnected.

Officials said Maze had been in Helena to visit family and was on her way home to Great Falls when she stopped at the rest area.

Authorities told KREM 2 they plan to release a photo of a "person of interest" later Wednesday.

Original Story:

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff's Office deputies confirmed they found a dead woman in a car parked near the Spokane International Airport early Wednesday morning.

Spokane County deputies said they were contacted by the Helena Police Department and FBI agents about a missing person around 10:00 p.m. Deputies worked with the Helena PD and Montana FBI to find the car in a parking lot on West Geiger Blvd around 12:30 a.m.

The woman was found dead in the car, though officials did not specify exactly where. According to deputies, she had been reported missing in Montana, but it is not clear if she was from Montana or was just visiting.

Authorities said in a press conference early Wednesday they located the vehicle by pinging the victims' cell phone and getting access to the location. 

Authorities said they do not have a person of interest at this time.



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West Geiger Blvd was closed between Spotted Roads and West Electric Road, until just before 8:30 a.m.

Authorities will be investigating the scene throughout the day. If you have any information you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.


This story will be updated.



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