Bob and Rochelle Maze had police on another line as they talked to Rita Maze, trying to get enough information from her so she could be found. The newspaper reported that after about 10 minutes, during which the connection faded in and out, the phone went dead.
Law enforcement used “pings” from Maze’s cell phone to locate her car in a parking lot west of Spokane, Washington, the following day. The 47-year-old wife and mother was dead in the trunk.
"I told her that I loved her," Rochelle Maze told the Tribune through tears. "That's the last thing she heard."
The newspaper reported that investigators confirmed they have a person of interest in the Maze’s slaying. Because interstate travel was involved in the abduction and murder, the FBI is working with Montana and Washington investigators to solve the case.
Maze’s family is planning a candlelight vigil in her memory for Saturday. Besides her daughter and husband, she is also survived by a son and two granddaughters.