A 70-year-old man was arrested on Monday after police spotted him traveling through Arizona with his dead wife strapped into the passenger seat, police said.
Rodney Puckett of Oklahoma was stopped for a traffic violation in Eloy, Arizona outside of Phoenix when the officer noticed a dead woman sitting beside him in the vehicle, according to the Eloy Police Department.
Puckett explained that the dead passenger was his wife, 74-year-old Linda Puckett, and that she had died in a Texas hotel during their road trip.
“He moved her body into their vehicle, continuing towards their destination,” the police statement said.
It was not clear where the Puckett’s next destination was or how long the man had been driving with his dead wife in the car.
Linda’s body was turned over to the county medical examiner.
The Eloy Police Department and Texas state police are trying to determine whether the woman was the victim of a homicide.
The husband was arrested and charged with abandonment and concealment of a corpse.
Author: Joe Tacopino
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