/Man Drove With His Dead Wifes Body In the Passenger Seat From Texas to Arizona: Police

Man Drove With His Dead Wifes Body In the Passenger Seat From Texas to Arizona: Police

A law enforcement officer discovered a dead body in the passenger seat of a vehicle driving through Arizona on Monday. Detective Adam Edmonds found the cadaver while performing a traffic stop.

The driver, Rodney Puckett, 70, told Eloy, Arizona, police detective Edmonds that his wife Linda Puckett, 74, had died at the couple’s hotel in Texas. Puckett had placed her body in the pair’s vehicle and was traveling towards their planned destination, local police reported in a statement.

It’s not yet clear how Linda Puckett died, but her body will be examined by Pinal County authorities.

Law enforcement charged Rodney Puckett with abandonment or concealment of a body and booked him into the Pinal County Jail. Police said more charges could yet be filed. Eloy officers are investigating the case with Texas police.

Home to roughly 19,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Eloy is located roughly 50 miles northwest of Tuscon and 65 miles southeast of Phoenix. It is about 300 miles from the Western tip of Texas. It is unclear where in the state the Pucketts were staying.

The Eloy Police Department was preparing a comment for Newsweek as this article went to press.

Dead Body, Car

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Back in January, workers cleaning a disused supermarket in Iowa found a body between the shelves and coolers. Police called to investigate said the remains had likely been at the shop, which closed in 2016, for some years. The body was too decomposed for authorities to immediately tell its sex, age or cause of death.

A pizza delivery man got a shock in New Hampshire last summer when he noticed an unusual smell at a customer’s property. He alerted the authorities, and a subsequent welfare check uncovered the fact the customer, Gary Cotter, was living with the body of his deceased mother.

Local news reports described Cotter, 60, as an extreme hoarder with reclusive tendencies. It was not immediately obvious how his mother, 80, had died.

In January 2018, a man from Tampa, Florida, was accused of killing his stepson and making his siblings sleep with the boy’s dead body. Jack Junior Montgomery, 31, allegedly threw the boy, Brice Russell, across a room after the 7-year-old got up in the night to get a cookie.

“[Montgomery] picked him up and flung him as described by the other brothers, helicopter across the hotel room into what’s kind of a cabinet, where he hit headfirst. And ultimately caused his brain to bleed,” assistant state attorney Matthew Smith told a court at the time.

Montgomery then allegedly put Russell’s body in bed with his other siblings, and made them sleep with the remains all night.

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