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Man Drives Across Country with Dead Girlfriend

(From WZTV) - A Detroit man said love drove him to road-trip across the country with his girlfriend's corpse in the passenger seat. Ray Tomlinson arrived in Michigan after driving from Arizona with his 93-year-old mother and his girlfriend. But the 31-year-old woman died during the trip. Determined not to leave her body alone in a hospital and convinced he had 48 hours to report the death, Tomlinson decided to keep on driving and get her home to Michigan. "I cared too much for her," he said. Police have not determined a cause of death yet, but said it could have been a drug overdose because she was found with an empty bottle of OxyContin. Tomlinson has not been charged and foul play is not suspected. The 62-year-old man said he met the woman, who was homeless, last year while she waited for her boyfriend to get out of prison. He helped her get back on her feet, and let her stay with him. Then, Tomlinson went to Arizona with his mom for the winter. She met him there. They became a couple, Tomlinson told the newspaper. The woman was hospitalized a nine times in Arizona for mental health and drug problems. The two left for Michigan with Tomlinson's mother after the woman was released from a facility with several drug prescriptions, including one for OxyContin. Then, somewhere in Oklahoma or Texas, the woman died. Tomlinson was determined to make it back to Michigan, even after an employee from the Arizona hospital learned about what happened when she called to check in on the woman. Tomlinson answered the call, explained the situation and said he'd contact police when he got home. By the time the driver made it to Michigan, the body had begun to decompose, police said. Tomlinson told officers that he thought he had 48 hours to report the death. The Michigan man admitted that he could have done things differently, but was overcome with denial and grief after the death. "I just lost a very close friend," he told the newspaper.




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