Murder probe after pensioner caught driving around with his dead wife in passenger seat

A pensioner has been arrested after he was caught driving along a motorway with his wife’s dead body in the passenger seat.

Seventy-year-old Rodney Puckett told officers in the Arizona city of Eloy that his wife Linda (74) had died at a hotel in Texas – at least 1,250km away.

He told officers that he dragged her body to their car before continuing the journey towards their destination.

Eloy Police Department said it was investigating whether Ms Puckett was murdered.

The force said her husband was driving on Interstate 10 when he was stopped by traffic officer Adam Edmonds earlier this week.

“While speaking with Rodney, Detective Edmonds observed a deceased female sitting in the passenger seat,” it said in a statement.

It did not say where Mr Puckett said he had been heading when he was stopped.

Ms Puckett’s body was turned over to Pinal County coroners for a post-mortem examination to establish a cause of death.

Investigators said they were working with Texas law enforcement to determine if she was murdered.

Mr Puckett, from Oklahoma, was charged with abandonment or concealment of a body. He could face further charges.

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