Oklahoma man, Rodney Puckett arrested after discovered driving with his wife’s naked body (upside down) in the passenger seat. Wife was in process of divorcing husband.
Arizona police arrested an Oklahoma man this week after discovering his wife’s naked deceased body upside down in the passenger seat.
Rodney Puckett, 70, was arrested during a traffic stop in Eloy, Arizona, on Monday when an officer discovered his wife, Linda Puckett, 74, dead in the passenger seat of his SUV, Eloy police said.
ABC News reported the man wearing only a pair of underwear with his wife laying upside down with her head on the floorboard and her legs on the headrest.
Puckett told cops his wife had died in Texas while they were making their way to California on a road trip. The woman’s death is being investigated as suspicious, but it’s unclear if Puckett may have played a role in her demise.
‘Rodney told detectives Linda died at a hotel in Texas during their trip. He moved her body into their vehicle, continuing towards their destination,’ the Eloy Police Department said in a statement. ‘Linda was turned over to Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office who will be working to determine her cause of death.’
The Pinal County Medical Examiner’s Office told KNXV that the woman’s body had some signs of blunt force trauma, but it had not determined her exact cause of death as of Tuesday evening.
Dead wife, Linda Puckett renewed her order of protection against her husband.
Of note, the couple, who married in 2011, were in the process of divorcing, court records revealed. Linda Puckett was issued a protective order from her husband on Feb. 6 and it was continued Monday, records show. She filed for divorce earlier this year.
Authorities said they became aware of the case when a fast food worker told cops that she saw a naked man and woman in a vehicle.
‘I so happened to look on the passenger side and that’s when I seen he had the lady in there, she was like completely naked,’ Maria Davis told KNXV. ‘The way she was face down, like laying down, and then I seen the color of her feet were like purple.’
‘He was like normal, like really normal about it,’ Davis added. ‘He was calm, he ordered his food.’
Rodney Puckett was booked into Pinal County Jail on charges of abandonment or concealment of a body.
He was being held on a $100,000 bond as of Tuesday evening.