Oklahoma Man Caught With Dead Wife In Car

Barbara Schwarz
May 16, 2019 - 1:17 pm
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An Oklahoma man sits in an Arizona jail, after his wife apparently died in an El Paso hotel room.

Police got involved after 70-year-old Rodney Puckett, clad only in boxers, was spotted at an Eloy, Arizona fast food drive through with his dead, naked wife upside down in the passenger seat. Linda Puckett was 74.

Police were called and Eloy police sergeant Kristie Barnett says Puckett claimed the pair was taking a road trip from Oklahoma to California and got a hotel room in El Paso. 

Security video shows them checking in May 12th. Barnett says "Then the security video shows in the early morning hours of May 13th, Mr. Puckett leaving the room with a luggage cart and on that luggage cart it appears there is Mrs. Puckett's body with a blanket over it."

Reports say he admitted.

She says the Medical Examiner said there were indications of minor blunt force trauma to the body, but the they are not releasing the cause of death at this time.

She says the crime is shocking.  "I've been in law enforcement for 17 years and I've never heard of anything quite like this."

Puckett is jailed and charged with abandonment or concealment of a dead body.  He could face more charges.