- Rodney Puckett, 70, of Oklahoma, was arrested in Arizona on Monday after a police officer pulled him over and found his dead wife buckled into the passenger seat.
- He told police that he and his wife were on a road trip when she died at a hotel in Texas, and he decided to continue the trip with her dead body, Eloy Police said in a statement.
- Puckett was booked into the Pinal County Jail on a count of abandonment or concealment of a body. Authorities are working to determine his wife’s cause of death.
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A 70-year-old Oklahoma man was arrested in Arizona on Monday when cops pulled him over for a traffic stop and discovered his dead wife buckled into the passenger seat.
In a statement, Eloy Police said Det. Adam Edmonds pulled Rodney Puckett over “in the area of Toltec Road and Interstate 10.”
“While speaking with Rodney, Detective Edmonds observed a deceased female sitting in the passenger seat,” the statement reads.
Puckett identified the body as his wife, 74-year-old Linda Puckett, and told detectives that she had died at a hotel in Texas during their trip.
“He moved her body into their vehicle, continuing towards their destination,” the statement said, but didn’t reveal where Puckett was heading.
Following the discovery, Linda’s body was taken to the Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office where her cause of death will be determined. Eloy Police said they are working with authorities in Texas to determine whether Linda’s death was a homicide.
Meanwhile, Puckett was booked into the Pinal County Jail on a charge of abandonment or concealment of a body, though police said more charges could be filed at a later date.
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