(NEWSER) – Ray Tomlinson set out from Michigan to Arizona to pick up his girlfriend from a mental health facility Sunday—then drove nearly all of the 1,900-mile return trek with her dead body propped up in the passenger seat. Somewhere in New Mexico, Tomlinson nudged her and "she was stiff," he tells WDIV. "There wasn't jerking or moans or groans, or cries for help, she just fell asleep." Rather than call police, Tomlinson propped the body up, slapped sunglasses on the woman's face, and put a stuffed animal in her lap, WJBK reports. He and his 93-year-old mom then continued to drive for 26 hours—without air conditioning.