PHOENIX, Ariz. – When police pulled over an elderly man in his underwear and his completely nude wife, things quickly got interesting.
According to reports, police stopped 70-year-old Rodney Puckett on Tuesday and discovered that he was traveling along the highway with his wife’s lifeless body sitting in the vehicle with her head down by the floor of the car. Puckett was wearing only underwear. His deceased wife was nude.
When the officer who stopped Puckett started asking questions, Puckett admitted that the two were on vacation, and in the middle of the trip, she passed away.
Instead of calling the police and reporting the untimely death, Puckett decided to load her into the car and continue on their journey.
Video recovered from the couple’s hotel in El Paso, Texas shows what appears to be Puckett using a luggage cart to bring his dead wife’s body out to their vehicle. His wife showed signs of blunt force trauma, but a cause of death has yet to be determined.
The body was identified as 74-year-old Linda Puckett. The couple can be seen on video walking into the hotel on Sunday, but on Monday, Rodney was the only one on his feet.
“It appears as though a woman’s body is hidden under a blanket on the cart,” Eloy police said in a statement released Tuesday.
Puckett told police that he discovered Linda’s body unresponsive in the hotel room, but was unable to revive her.
“It is not clear what his intentions were at this point,” the statement said.
Rodney Puckett was pulled over Monday on I-10 near Eloy.
Police found his dead wife in the passenger seat.
The Oklahoma man told officers his wife died in a TX hotel, he loaded her body to continue toward their destination.
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Puckett is being held on a charge of abandonment or concealment of a dead body but could face additional charges, police said.
The investigation is ongoing.