(MTN News-HELENA) The body of a Montana woman discovered early Wednesday morning in Spokane has been identified as 47-year-old Rita Maze of Great Falls.
During a press conference Wednesday morning, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Maze is a victim of an apparent abduction and homicide.
Dutton said an unknown male suspect hit Maze in the head at an Interstate-15 rest stop North of Helena Tuesday afternoon and abducted her.
Maze was returning to Great Falls after visiting friends in Helena.
According to Dutton, later that evening, Maze was able to contact Helena law enforcement by cell phone and described how she was abducted.
Her body was located near the Spokane airport early Wednesday morning.
“We do have a person of interest. And if we get his picture we will get that to you because we want to talk to him and find out what he has to say,” said Dutton.
Dutton also stated that the cause of death had not been released.
A GoFundMe account has been created by Shanley Day to help the Maze family.
Day says on the page:
Tragedy has struck our small community in Great Falls. On September 6, 2016, loving wife, mother, and dear friend Rita Maze was kidnapped and attacked while traveling back to her home in Great Falls, Montana after a trip to see her mother in Helena. She was found deceased in Spokane in her car. We as a community will come together in this horrific time for the Maze family. We need to do whatever it takes to make things easier for the family to grieve. Proceeds will go to helping to defray service expenses for this genuinely beautiful soul. Anything helps and is much appreciated. Please pray for the Maze family, they need all the support and strength they can get right now. God bless
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said at a press conference in Helena that they believe Maze was abducted near Wolf Creek as she was driving from Helena to Great Falls.
Montana woman found dead near Spokane airport