Maze's family said they want answers after her death

This weekend family and friends are honoring the Montana woman who was kidnapped and later found dead in the trunk of her car.

SPOKANE, Wash. --- This weekend family and friends are honoring the Montana woman who was kidnapped and later found dead in the trunk of her car.

Rita Maze's memorial took place Saturday afternoon in Great Falls.

Her family in Spokane gathered at the spot where she was found, near Spokane's airport.

 

 

The FBI is not calling Rita Maze's death a homicide. But her family said those findings are not what they would call justice.

Her family said she would want the truth told about her death.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner said Maze died of a gunshot wound.

Family members said she was on her way to Great Falls Montana, when she called them saying she needed help.

They said Maze told them she had been hit over the head by a large man and stuffed in the trunk of her car.

But law enforcement is now questioning that story and are no longer calling this case a homicide.

Rita's cousin Leann Kaufman said she is not happy with the FBI's answers and has done her own digging.

"I don't understand the angle. Taking that angle is ludicrous to say the least." "She didn't kill herself, She was murdered,” Kaufman said.

She has gone to the gas station in Ritzville where Maze told family members she was kidnapped.

"While I was in Ritzville, I was able to talk to some people and verify that she was not in their store, A large man was in their store using her card. Which is what she described,” Kaufman said.

The FBI says they can't give any definite answers as to what really happened to Maze at this time.

They said they will not be able to release any further information until later this week as the investigation continues.

But Maze's family said they are continuing an investigation of their own. Going to every stop Maze made before her death.

"I'm going to continue to ask questions, I'm going to continue to fight because she would do the same for any one of us,’ Kaufman said.
 

(© 2016 KREM)


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