Sand Springs man had dead, estranged wife in auto 9:42 PM

Eloy police officer stop 70-year-old Rodney Puckett and find dead wife's car in passenger seat

Eloy police officer stop 70-year-old Rodney Puckett and find dead wife's car in passenger seat

The body riding shotgun was Rodney's wife, 74-year-old Linda Puckett.

"He moved her body into their vehicle, continuing towards their destination, " police said.

The statement did not indicate where Puckett and his wife had been heading on their road trip, only that they had been driving along Interstate 10 in Arizona.

Court records obtained by ABC 15 show that the two were married in 2011, but had become estranged.

Police said the investigation was still in its early stages and would release more information when they knew more. Linda was issued a protective order from her husband on February 6 and it was continued Monday, records show.

Rodney had a silver alert issued for him since he was reported missing in April.

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The alert was canceled when authorities learned that he hadn't been heard from because he was in a Kansas jail for eluding police.

Puckett was booked into the Pinal County Jail for the charge of abandonment or concealment of a body. Rodney Puckett was wearing only underwear. The EPD said it is working with law enforcement in Texas to see if her death is the result of a homicide.

According to reports, he was stated as having bipolar disorder.

The couple was undergoing a divorce to end their almost eight-year marriage and had filed restraining orders against each other earlier this year in Oklahoma, court records state.

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.

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