Rita Maze, 47, unfortunately became victim of a strangely dangerous situation. On what appeared to be a regular day, it turned treacherous after she was suddenly hit across the head.
After visiting family in Helena, Montana, Rita Maze was driving home to Great Falls. Maze stopped at a rest stop on the way home. But, once she stopped, it would prove to be a fatal move.
Update: 1:05 p.m. 09/12/16
According to Daily Mail, a man was spotted on surveillance at Love’s gas station, in Ritzville, Washington.
Apparently, while the woman was abducted, the man used her credit card to purchase some items. One of the store’s attendants mentioned that he was dressed in a navy T-shirt. From the footage, half of his face was covered underneath a hat he was wearing at the time.
The source makes two timestamp acknowledgements regarding the credit card:
- Exxon gas station in Kingston, Idaho, at 4:16 p.m.
- and again at Love’s at 9:55 p.m.
Store personnel describe the man as 6 feet, 5 inches and “dark.” They mention that he came into the store alone and purchased $24.52 worth of soda and “enough food for four or five people.”
Attendant Tia Mistia states that she remembers ringing up his items and that he had a lot of merchandise.
However, she doesn’t recall Rita Maze coming inside the store at all, although her card was surely used to make the purchases.
Daily Mail gives a detailed timeline of Rita’s kidnapping. If you’re interested, feel free to follow the link.
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She was knocked out while at the stop. When Rita Maze woke, she found herself inside of an unknown vehicle’s trunk. Maze, victim, was now part of an active kidnapping. Like most people would react, she became hysterical.
Essentially, this situation was similar to the kidnapping movie, The Call.
According to NBC-5 Chicago, she was kidnapped in broad daylight. After realizing she was inside of a trunk, Maze frantically called her husband. Fortunately, she was able to contact him.
Maze's family is certain she was abducted and murdered but the FBI says they do not have a suspect .https://t.co/197kh6v1bV
— KHQ Local News (@KHQLocalNews) September 9, 2016
The source mentions that Rita Maze stayed on the phone with her husband and Helena police. The signal frustratingly went in and out as the vehicle traveled.
“She didn’t know her location, but she was able to talk to them over her cellphone, sporadically, as coverage faded in and out,” notes Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.
Like in The Call, authorities were able to track Rita Maze’s locations via cell towers. While on the phone, Maze also spoke to her daughter, Rochelle. The daughter mentioned talking to her for 10 minutes.
The daughter was able to express comforting words to her troubled mother.
“I told her that I loved her. That’s the last thing she heard.”
Law Enforcement: Rumor of 'Person of Interest' in Murder of Rita Maze is False https://t.co/G2VCHmeQ26
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Rather, it was the last thing Rita Maze’s family heard as the signal finally dropped, completely. According to the source, they weren’table to get her back on the line.
The source notes as follows.
“Her body was found in the trunk of her Pontiac Grand Prix just after midnight Wednesday, 250 miles away in a parking lot outside Spokane, Washington, International Airport, authorities said. The cause of death was not released.”
According to the source, it’s too early to pinpoint possible suspects in Rita Maze’s kidnapping murder.
NBC-5 Chicago notes that she was a cook at Morningside Elementary School in Great Falls. Also, she kept a positive attitude about life.
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