Police pull over man, realize wife is dead in passenger seat

Evarado Alatorre
May 15, 2019

Police in Arizona say a detective making a traffic stop on Interstate 10 was speaking a driver from Oklahoma when he noticed the man's dead wife in the passenger seat.

When Eloy Detective Adam Edmonds noticed a woman who appeared to be dead buckled into the vehicle, Puckett reportedly claimed his wife, 74-year-old Linda Puckett, had died at a hotel in Texas before he moved her body to the auto and kept driving. Linda had filed for divorce back on February 8th and she had a protective order against her husband two days prior to the divorce. "He moved her body into their vehicle, continuing towards their destination". That is according to court records.

Eloy Police say they are working with Texas law enforcement to determine if the death was a result of a homicide.

The cause of death hasn't been determined, but Barnette noted that Linda Puckett had signs of blunt-force trauma on her body.

The Sand Springs Police Department said Rodney and Linda were estranged when the Silver Alert was issued.

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After Rodney Puckett was found, he was facing a charge of evading.

Puckett was booked into the Pinal County Jail and charged with abandonment or concealment of a body.

El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said authorities there didn't receive any earlier reports of suspicious activity involving the couple.

Eloy is about 65 miles southeast of Phoenix and about 50 miles northwest of Tucson.

A screenshot shows the drive from Sand Springs, Oklahoma to Eloy, Ariz. According to Eloy Police, it is now classified as a "death investigation".

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