NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CASE OF A MONTANA WOMAN FOUND
DEAD IN THE TRUNK OF CAR.
SPOKANE'S MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS SHE DIED FROM A SINGLE
GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE CHEST.
THE BODY OF 47 YEAR OLD RITA MAZE WAS RECOVERED YESTERDAY.
IN HER CAR.
NEAR THE SPOKANE AIRPORT.
THAT'S WHERE KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY IS WORKING
FOR YOU TONIGHT...
JEFF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER ALSO STOPPED SHORT OF CALLING
MAZE'S DEATH A MURDER?
AND THAT IS VERY SIGNIFICANT TO THE WAY THIS ALLEGED
KIDNAPPING INVESTIGATION WILL PROCEED.
IF THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IN NOT IN THE POSITION RIGHT
NOW OF CALLING THIS A HOMICIDE.
WHICH MEANS DEATH AT THE HANDS OF ANOTHER.
IT RAISES NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW MISS MAZE ENDED
UP IN THE TRUNK OF HER CAR.
RITA MAZE HERSELF HAS OFFERED SOME OF THE BEST CLUES
TO HER DISAPPEARCE CALLING HER HUSBAND ON HER CELL
PHONE AND SAYING SHE HAD BEEN ABDUCTED AT THIS INTERSTATE
15 REST STOP.
lcso 1 00;32 she was at a rest stop and a suspect
approached her and hit her in the head and put her
in the trunk 00;44
300 MILES LATER, MAZE'S BLACK PONTIAC WAS SPOTTED
BY A PLATE READER AS IT PASSED THROUGH POST FALLS
ON INTERSTATE 90.
MAZE MADE ANOTHER CALL FOR HELP ON HER CELL.
SHERIFF LEO DUTTON/LEWIS & CLARK COUNTY clip 1 00;04
there were phone conversations with her from this
office, from the helena police department just prior
to her death 00;11 so we're relatively certain of
the time when she became deceased 00;21
SHERIFF DUTTON STOPPED SHORT OF SAYING MAZE WAS MURDERED.
AND ONCE MAZE WAS FOUND MAZE INSIDE HER CAR.
SPOKANE SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES STOPPED SHORT OF CALLING
MAZE'S DISAPPEARCE A KIDNAPPING.
DEPUTY MARK GREGORY/SPOKANE SHERIFF'S OFFICE 31;48
i've heard that term being used, all we know at this
point is we arrived and there's a deceased female
THEY ARE SAYING THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THIS
FATAL SHOOTING POSES ANY ADDITIONAL DANGER TO OUR
IN THE MEANTIME, MAZE, A FORMER SCHOOL LUNCH LADY,
IS BEING FONDLY REMEMBERED BY HER FAMILY.
My mom was always a playful mom.
She was always swimming with us in the pool and throwing
Taking us on park days and always being a kid with
She was a child at heart at all times.
That is what I remember about my mom.
WELL THERE ARE THINGS THAT TROUBLE THEM ABOUT THIS
WHY WOULD THE PERSON WHO ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPED THIS
WOMAN DITCH THE CAR...INSTEAD OF JUST DITCHING HER
BODY AND KEEPING THE CAR.
MOST CAR TRUNKS HAVE THOSE EMERGENCY ESCAPE HANDLES.
MAZE'S PONTIAC HAD ONE.
WE DON'T KNOW IF HER SAFETY LATCH WAS WORKING .
BUT WE DO KNOW THE CAR MADE TWO STOPS AT GAS STATIONS
AFTER MAZE SAYS SHE WAS ABDUCTED.
MORE ABOUT HER CREDIT CARD ACTIVITY, COMING UP TONIGHT,
KXLY FOUR AT SIX.