An Oklahoma man, Rodney Puckett, is in custody after his vehicle was pulled over in Eloy and police discovered his dead wife in the passenger seat.
Eloy Police Detective Adam Edmonds conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Toltec Road and Interstate 10 on May 13, 2019. Detective Edmonds discovered that the 70-year-old Puckett, an Oklahoma native, was traveling through Arizona with his dead wife sitting in the passenger seat.
According to Puckett, his 74-year-old wife Linda died at a hotel in Texas. During the trip he moved her body to their vehicle and continued travelling towards their destination in California.
Ms. Puckett’s body was turned over to the Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office in order to determine the cause of death.
Eloy Police say they are working with Texas law enforcement to determine if the death was a result of a homicide.
Puckett was booked into the Pinal County Jail for the charge of abandonment or concealment of a body. According to Eloy Police, additional charges may be filed at a later date,