In the hours before her death, a 47-year-old Montana woman was able to tell her family that she had been abducted by a large man in a black hoodie, and that she was in the trunk of a moving vehicle and that she loved them.
Rita Maze of Great Falls spoke with her husband and daughter by cellphone Tuesday evening, and they told law enforcement she reported being hit on the head at a small rest stop north of Helena around noon.
By the time officers using cellphone tower information found Maze's car near Spokane International Airport early Wednesday, Maze was dead.
The Spokane County medical examiner's office said Thursday that a single gunshot wound o the chest and abdomen killed Maze.
Maze's daughter, Rochelle, told the Great Falls Tribune that her mother was terrified because she knew her abductor had access to the gun she kept in her purse for protection. The coroner's office didn't say what type of gun killed Maze.