ELOY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- "I remember clearly, he ordered a No. 4 combo. A Double Western large with a Diet Coke,” said Maria Davis.

It was not what the driver ordered that stood out to Carl's Jr. employee Maria Davis.

It was his passenger.

“Right away I knew it was something fishy. It wasn't normal, when I seen it,” she said.

[WATCH: Eloy Carl's Jr. employee on man driving with dead, naked wife]

The man's wife, 74-year-old Linda Puckett was in the passenger seat, positioned upside down, completely naked, and deceased.

“Right away when I seen her feet, she was like colored already like purple, black is what I noticed,” said Davis.

The driver, 70-year-old Rodney Puckett was wearing only his boxers.

“And I kept yelling at my coworker like, 'Come up front, come up front. Hand him the soda so you could see what I’m seeing,’” said Davis.

Employees alerted an Eloy detective already in the restaurant, who pulled Puckett over and arrested him.

“They were coming from Oklahoma. They stopped at a hotel in El Paso, Texas,” said Sgt. Kristie Barnette with the Eloy Police Department. “The morning of May 13 he found her unresponsive and left the hotel room. He placed her body on a luggage cart and left the hotel room.”

Eloy Police say there is security video from the hotel in El Paso.

Barnette says for their small town, this quickly became one of the strangest cases they've ever seen.

“It is definitely bizarre and unique in my opinion. I’ve been in law enforcement for 17 years and I have not come across anything close to the circumstances of this case,” she said.

[VIDEO: Man arrested after his dead, naked wife found in passenger seat]

Linda's body was turned over to the Pinal County Medical Examiner's Office. The Medical Examiner found what appears to be minor blunt force trauma to the body, but the cause of death has still not been determined.

The Eloy Police Department is working with Texas law enforcement to decide whether it was death by homicide. They are still in the early stages of the investigation.

Eloy Police says the woman also had an order of protection against her husband.

“It's sad we weren't able to save her life, but at least the family will have closure. Who knows what he probably would have did with the body,” said Davis.

Puckett was booked into the Pinal County jail for concealing a body, and is being held on a $100,000 bond. 

 


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