No charges for Michigan man who drove across U.S. with corpse

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David Bailey, REUTERS

, Last Updated: 12:32 AM ET

A man who completed a cross country drive to Michigan from Arizona with a dead woman in his van will not face charges for failing to report her death immediately, police in suburban Detroit said on Friday.

Ray Tomlinson, 62, told police he had determined that the woman, a friend who had signed herself out of an Arizona mental health facility, had died during the drive but feared he would be arrested and that a delay in his trip home could hurt his 92-year-old mother, who was also in the van, authorities said.

"There is no foul play, there is no malice or intent, there is just poor decision-making," said Jere Green, police commissioner in Warren, Michigan, a Detroit suburb.

Tomlinson was contacted several times by authorities during the trip and his intent was to deliver the body to a medical examiner so his actions, however mistaken, did not support a charge of failing to notify authorities, police said.


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