A police officer who pulled over Rodney Puckett on Interstate 10 in Eloy, Arizona, on Monday was talking to the elderly man during the traffic stop when he noticed that a dead woman was sitting next to him.
The husband told police that Linda died in a Texas hotel room during a road trip the couple was on and, rather than call the authorities, he made a decision to move her body into the auto and continue on to their destination. Linda was issued a protective order from her husband on February 6 and it was continued Monday, records show. He said he moved her body into the vehicle and continued towards their destination in California.
Investigators said they were working with Texas law enforcement to determine if she was murdered.
El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said authorities there didn't receive any earlier reports of suspicious activity involving the couple.
Puckett, according to Eloy Police officials, has been booked into the Pinal County Jail on a charge of abandonment or concealment of a body, with additional charges possibly filed at a later date.
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Linda's body was turned over to the county medical examiner. However, the Silver Alert was canceled after he was found in a Kansas jail.
After Rodney Puckett was found, he was facing a charge of evading.
With a population of 19,000, Eloy lies to the northwest of Tuscon and the southeast of Phoenix, about 300 miles from Texas and about 1,000 miles from Puckett's home in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
A screenshot shows the drive from Sand Springs, Oklahoma to Eloy, Ariz.