Trunk 'Kidnapping' Might Have Been Something Else

Police aren't ruling out a suicide
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2016 9:33 AM CDT
Trunk 'Kidnapping' Might Have Been Something Else
This July 28, 2016, photo shows Rita Maze, left, and her daughter, Rochelle.   (Lanni Klasner via AP)

Doubts are now emerging about a harrowing tale of a woman kidnapped, thrown in her trunk, and then murdered. Though police in Montana and Washington initially described Rita Maze's death as a homicide, now they aren't so sure, reports KHQ. At this point, they are ruling out no possibilities, including suicide. In a series of phone calls with police and family members on Tuesday, Maze described a man hitting her on the head and forcing her into the trunk of her 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix at a rest stop in Wolf Creek, Mont. She was found dead of a gunshot to the chest just after midnight Wednesday in Spokane, Wash., about two hours after an officer heard gunshots on the line.

A Spokane County sheriff tells the Spokesman-Review that people are right to question Maze's story, though he's not sure "what is going on." Maze's daughter, however, maintains that her mom was abducted. Maze, who was returning from an overnight visit at her daughter's house, was 60 miles from her Great Falls home when she arrived at the rest stop in Wolf Creek. She "did not hit herself, stuff herself in the trunk, and drive all the way to Spokane and shoot herself," Rochelle Maze says. She believes an assailant "shot her and left the gun and keys in [the car] to make it look like she killed herself." Police say Maze's keys were in the ignition, her purse was in the front seat, and blood was found on the ground near a $20 bill. (More kidnapping stories.)

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