FBI concludes Rita Maze died from self-inflicted gunshot wound

KREM 2's Lindsay Nadrich talks to family member's of the woman who faked her own kidnapping before killing herself.

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." 

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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.

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