Woman dies at Texas hotel, husband puts body in car, continues trip

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ELOY, Ariz. (AP) 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.

Rodney Puckett. (Jail photo)

Eloy police said in a statement that 70-year-old Rodney Puckett said Monday that 74-year-old Linda Puckett died at a hotel in Texas and that he put her body in their vehicle before continuing their trip.

Puckett was arrested on suspicion of abandonment or concealment of a dead body, and it's not known whether he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

The body was turned over to the Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office to determine cause of death.

Police say Pucklett had been seen on security video moving a woman's body from a hotel room in El Paso.

Earlier footage showed the couple from Sand Springs, Okla., walking into the room Sunday.

They say Puckett is seen the next day using a luggage cart to move Linda Puckett's body.

Puckett has told investigators he found his wife unresponsive and put her in their vehicle before continuing on to California.

The cause of death hasn't been determined.