An Oklahoma man was arrested in Arizona after police discovered his dead wife in the passenger seat of his car during a traffic stop.

A detective pulled over Rodney Lynn Puckett, 70, along Interstate 10 in Eloy, Arizona, on Monday and discovered a dead woman in the passenger seat, according to a news release posted to the Eloy Police Department's Facebook page

Puckett told police that his wife, Linda Puckett, 74, died at a hotel in Texas while they were on a trip and that he moved her into the car to continue the journey, the release states. 

Puckett was booked into a county jail on a complaint of abandonment or concealment of a body, and he could face more charges, according to the release. A Sliver Alert was issued for Puckett in Oklahoma on April 24 when he reportedly left home in Sand Springs without his medication for back pain and bipolar disorder. 

The Pinal County (Arizona) Medical Examiner's Office will determine her cause of death, and Eloy police are working with Texas authorities to determine whether Linda Puckett's death was a homicide, the release states. 

The couple were married on May 31, 2011, and Linda Puckett filed for a legal separation from her husband on Feb. 8, two days after she was granted an emergency protective order against her husband, Tulsa County District Court records show. He had been granted an emergency protective order against her in late January, court records state. Continued emergency protective orders were issued Monday in both cases. 

Eloy is between Phoenix and Tucson in south-central Arizona.

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Kelsy Schlotthauer, 918-581-8455, kelsy.schlotthauer@tulsaworld.comTwitter: @K_Schlott 

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