A Montana woman was able to call her husband and even talk to police from the trunk of the car in which she was being held captive, but by the time investigators reached her, she was dead, NBC News reported.
Rita Maze, 47, was driving home to Great Falls after having visited relatives in Helena, Montana, when she was accosted at a rest stop on Interstate 15 on Tuesday morning, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo C. Dutton said.
Her body was found inside the car shortly after midnight Wednesday, 250 miles away in a parking lot outside Spokane, Washington, International Airport, authorities said.
Maze, a school cook, called her husband Tuesday night from the trunk of the car, telling him she'd been struck on the head, Dutton said. "She's saying she's kidnapped," Dutton said.
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He said Maze was believed to have been killed after the car arrived in Spokane. Dutton said authorities were seeking a "person of interest," but he provided no further details.