It was a long, strange road trip for a 62-year-old Macomb County man who traveled halfway across the country with a dead body in the passenger’s seat of his van.
According to police, the deceased woman had been at a mental health facility in Aurora, Arizona, where the Clinton Township man and his 92-year-old mother spend their winters.
The 31-year-old woman, who police say had a relationship with the man, joined the pair on the trip back to Michigan last Sunday.
After stopping at a gas station restroom in Flagstaff, the woman apparently died from a prescription drug overdose, according to Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green. He says, instead of stopping, the man continued the 26-hour drive with the dead woman buckled in the passenger’s seat, with sunglasses hiding her eyes.
Green says the man was convinced by what he read on the internet that he had 48 hours before the body needed to be tended to in any way.
The case is currently being reviewed by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s office to determine possible charges. The man’s name has not been released.