SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI announced Thursday the Montana woman found dead in the trunk of her car near the Spokane Airport last September died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In a release, the FBI said based on the evidence gathered, analyzed and processed, we have determined Maze's death was the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Before her death, Rita Maze called her family and told them she had been kidnapped at a rest stop.
Maze died from a single gunshot wound to the torso back in September. Law enforcement officials at the time said investigators found no reason to suspect foul play. In December, the FBI issued a release saying, "Based on the evidence gathered thus far – we are not actively seeking any suspects in this case. However, it should be noted that the investigation remains ongoing, pending the results of laboratory analysis."
Although the FBI at the time did not believe anyone else was involved in her death, they did not come out and officially called it a suicide because they said they were waiting on lab results.