SPOKANE, Wash. – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is not calling the death of a Montana woman found dead in the trunk of a car a homicide.
The Spokane County Medical Examiner said Rita Maze, 47, died of a gunshot wound. Maze was found dead in the trunk of her car near the Spokane Airport early Wednesday. She failed to make it home to Great Falls Montana after visiting her elderly mother in Helena Tuesday. That day, family said they received a phone call from Maze saying she needed help. She said she had been hit over the head by a large man and stuffed in the trunk of her car. However, law enforcement is now questioning that story.
The FBI has not called this case a homicide instead they are calling it a death investigation. The FBI also has not put out any information on a suspect and will not say they are actively searching for a suspect, which could mean there is not one.
If you ask the Spokane County Sheriff's Office about it, they will tell you they do not feel there is any imminent danger to the people of Spokane. They could not elaborate on why they are sure the public is not in any danger. The Sheriff's Office said they are looking at all avenues and have not conclusively ruled anything out. The FBI also cannot give any definitive answers at this point as to what really happened to Maze and how she ended up dead in the trunk of her car.
Officials said they may not be able to release any more information until Monday at the earliest as the investigation continues.
(© 2016 KREM)