Arizona police arrest 70-year-old traveling with wife's dead body

Eloy police officer stop 70-year-old Rodney Puckett and find dead wife's car in passenger seat

Eloy police officer stop 70-year-old Rodney Puckett and find dead wife's car in passenger seat

An Oklahoma man was arrested Monday after police pulled over the 70-year-old driver in Arizona with his dead wife buckled in the passenger seat, authorities said.

Rodney told police that the couple were on a road trip when Linda died at a hotel in Texas, so he moved her body into the vehicle and continued toward their destination, which was not disclosed.

The statement did not indicate where Puckett and his wife had been heading on their road trip, only that they had been driving along Interstate 10 in Arizona.

Linda filed for divorce and sought a protective order against her husband earlier this year. He said he moved her body into the vehicle and continued towards their destination in California.

Rodney is now being held at Penal County Jail on a charge of abandonment or concealment of a body.

Eloy police are working with Texas law enforcement to determine whether her death was a homicide.

Rodney had a silver alert issued for him since he was reported missing in April. That silver alert said Rodney suffers from Bipolar disorder but was later canceled once he turned up in a Kansas jail. Rodney Puckett was wearing only underwear.

Officials say they were tipped off to the situation after a fast food employee called police, saying a man and woman were naked in the auto.

A screenshot shows the drive from Sand Springs, Oklahoma to Eloy, Ariz.

Relatives have been known to live with the bodies of their loved ones after they have died of natural causes.

A welfare check revealed that 60-year-old Gary Cotter was living with the deceased body of his 80-year-old mother.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.