Man drives around drinking with dead friend for 3 days

Sherlock Holmes’ powers of deduction were the stuff of legend.

At the other end of the Bell Curve is Jerry Maestas, 64, who told New Mexico police he did not notice his friend, riding shotgun in his car for three days, was dead.

Jerry Maestas was booked for misdemeanor.

Jerry Maestas "isn't running on all cylinders," said police.

Maestas, a retired prison guard, didn’t seek help until he noticed his silent friend’s back had turned blue, according to this ABC article. That’s when he pulled into a Espanola, N.M., hospital and asked for a wheelchair for his friend, who he thought was sleeping.

Lt. Christian Lopez said more observant folks immediately noticed an overpowering stench, a horde of flies and the decomposing body of Amy Marquez, 33.

Like cheap tequila, I find Maestas’ tale hard to swallow.

Is he nuts?

“He’s not all there, I guess. I have no confirmation that he has a mental illness but this guy isn’t running on all cylinders,” said Lopez.

Maybe it was the booze? Maestas admitted he and Marquez had been drinking and he’d been driving around aimlessly for days. He didn’t think anything was amiss because Marquez, a paraplegic, can’t move the lower half of her body. And because he knew she wore an adult diaper, he didn’t think she needed a pit stop.

Officials determined she’d been dead about 66 hours. She likely died because of  ”positional asphyxiation,” Lopez said, who explained that people who suffer from paralysis don’t get signals to their brain alerting them to a body position that may be cutting off their oxygen supply.

Maestas was charged with a misdemeanor, failing to report a death.

101 comments Add your comment

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April 8th, 2011
7:08 am

3 days?…….really?

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April 8th, 2011
7:15 am

Maybe she smelled bad when she was alive and the guy just didn’t notice.

mark katnik

April 8th, 2011
7:17 am

That’s nothing i went a week one time with my dead friend.

WOW

April 8th, 2011
7:31 am

Must be a Democratic voter.

BoBo

April 8th, 2011
8:07 am

Amy and Jerry’s Excellent Adventure!! oh..wait…

Beavis

April 8th, 2011
8:07 am

WOW, i bet you are correct…..

I sand DIXIE...

April 8th, 2011
8:09 am

Ridin’ dirty…

Peachtree Pete

April 8th, 2011
8:20 am

He was charged with a misdmeanor? That would be, maybe, what?

Dive

April 8th, 2011
8:26 am

I agree with WOW.

joe

April 8th, 2011
8:27 am

Don’t criticize until you put yourself in Jerry’s shoes…but make sure you buy some odor eaters first.

Dee

April 8th, 2011
8:41 am

Only a Dumb Republican would make this a Democratic issue………

Oh My

April 8th, 2011
8:41 am

WOW, Dive and Beavis you 3 are all very ignorant. I will pray for you all.

Dive

April 8th, 2011
8:44 am

I’ll pray for you, too. I’ll pray that you’ll stay home next election day.

Stupid Republicans and Liberals

April 8th, 2011
8:45 am

He is DEFINITELY a Repuiblican… ALWAYS getting caught! lol

DW

April 8th, 2011
8:46 am

WOW youre a moron

LOL

April 8th, 2011
8:48 am

LMAO @ WOW! (No doubt!)

George Mathis

April 8th, 2011
8:51 am

The misdemeanor was “failing to report a death,” which I added to story.

driv

April 8th, 2011
9:13 am

Democrats on their way to WI to vote in dims recall elections.

W

April 8th, 2011
9:15 am

More likely he’s a Tea Party supporter. He was probably waiting for someone to tell him his friend was dead and what he should do next.

friends dont let friends die alone

April 8th, 2011
9:20 am

a friend till the end of all times (puns intended) YALL are being means to him – he didnt kill his friend – they just were trying to escape life and he lost that moment of clarity.

i smell a movie deal coming out of this

Sue

April 8th, 2011
9:31 am

Was he trying for a “Weekend at Bernies”?

R U kidding?!

April 8th, 2011
9:47 am

Good thing we don’t lock people up for being stupid. …Jerry, that’ll be 6 years!

Warren

April 8th, 2011
9:47 am

It’s about time someone did a remake of Weekend at Bernie’s. I think we have our new script.

Overcrowded prisons

April 8th, 2011
9:57 am

@R U kidding . . . if we did lock up stupid people then Obama will never get re-elected as most of his supporters would be behind bars . . . just like Jerry should be. Besides, the dims will probably have Amy voting next election anyway . . .

jaycee

April 8th, 2011
10:03 am

What happened was sad…yet some of you are so desensitized that you make snide remarks and jokes.

missy

April 8th, 2011
10:09 am

It’s so sad that every story posted turns into a Democrat vs. Republican comment war. Stick to the topic and if not, go find the political blogs to rant on!

Common Sense

April 8th, 2011
10:12 am

WOW, Beaver, and Dive are the type of people who are destroying the world. Why can’t people read a story without you political idiots turning everything into your group ideologies. Learn to think for yourselves. It’s sad that people love to bring up politics. This story has nothing to do with it. For you responders who have something to say NO I am not a Democratic just a person with common sense. I will never claim a political part y and the way some conservatives have been acting as if they are extremist make me want to never vote conservative again. All three of you answer this. How can you be pro choice but against a person deciding their own abortion or taking away collective bargaining rights? How can you be the christain party but put up on blogs comments that attack others when the story you write on has nothing to do with politics. How can youlive by God’s word but hate people such as gays and many of you hate minorities. Democrats are no better but I can honestly say they have a more open mind. Again How can you blame Obama for the federal deficit when it is written and in the books that Bush caused the deficit to go up significantly by allowing huge tax breaks before he left and let Wall street run wild. Remember the bailouts were loans and those companies paid it bac with interest aloowing the federal government to bring in more money than they gave out. These are all facts. Donald Trump running for real…lol..and his issue is still a birth certificate. Is that all he can say and the state of Hawaii showed it themselves. Do not Politics ruin your lives becaus eyou only make yourself look hateful and ignorant. Its sad when all your beliefs are contradiction and you think they are right..sad..now this is what is destroying America..you guys

htbd

April 8th, 2011
10:15 am

Missy, I agree. I love reading comments, but, when it goes into D vs. R, I just stop reading. Has nothing to do with the story. Idiots come in all sizes, shapes, colors and political choices.

Dive

April 8th, 2011
10:28 am

I’m so glad that the person who complained about people turning everything into their own personal ideologies took the time to rant about abortion, religion, gay rights, and birthers. Nice going, idiot.

Sassy

April 8th, 2011
10:41 am

WOW & Dive are incorrect…He is one of those looney Republicans!

Anita

April 8th, 2011
10:43 am

No, that definitely was Republican voter. They are cluesless.

Sean

April 8th, 2011
10:43 am

who had more personality

Major Wood

April 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Not much of a conversationalist, was she?!

Ohman

April 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Weekend at Bernie’s?

Dee

April 8th, 2011
11:21 am

So does anybody have anything to say about the dead paraplegic mexican?

dre

April 8th, 2011
11:21 am

I am sorry, but when the truth comes out, it will show that Jerry preferred the relative discomfort of driving around with a fly-infested, blue-backed, diaper-wearing paraplegic corpse, over watching another Stefano Langone performance on American Idol.

chaz

April 8th, 2011
11:23 am

Shoot, i was married to a woman that was dead in bed for the whole 3 yrs i was married to her.

Tom

April 8th, 2011
11:27 am

Must be a Democratic voter.
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Yeah that is why all the worst education systems, worst high school drop out rates, worst successful graduation rates, worst SAT/ACT scores, and worst college entrance rates are in red states. Yeah that’s right. Look it up and keep telling yourself that.

dre

April 8th, 2011
11:30 am

Hey c’mon you wacky politcal types, let’s take the high road on this sensitive issue…..like I did above.

Dave in Marietta

April 8th, 2011
11:32 am

Amen Missy. There’s always some idiot ready to throw politics into every issue up for discussion. It’s way past old and not funny or original. Maybe it’s because the people who post such comments have limited capacity for clever or witty comments. It’s kind of like little kids making jokes about passing gas. Grow up already.

MeaneyMouse

April 8th, 2011
11:34 am

dayyuummmmmmmmmmm

Bob Vance

April 8th, 2011
11:44 am

Probably a member of the Tea Party…

Ivan Cohen

April 8th, 2011
12:07 pm

Tasteless just segued into tacky. Politics has nothing to do with this story but as they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Those who frequent internet cafes or similar places all over the world are probably reading ajc and going “oh those Americans” while making circular motions with their fingers by their heads.

mike

April 8th, 2011
12:09 pm

Wonder if they had been drinking at Runaround Sue’s in Marietta…

peter

April 8th, 2011
12:40 pm

Two Tea-Party types riding around together.

craig

April 8th, 2011
12:46 pm

Weekend at Amy’s….

godoggo

April 8th, 2011
1:00 pm

Im sure it was “George Bush’s” fault…….as the other half would say : )

Soarys

April 8th, 2011
1:12 pm

@wow…. If she wasn’t a dem before… I bet she will be one for the next election…

deegee

April 8th, 2011
1:20 pm

I think that the saddest part is that two mentally ill people were riding around drinking for days and there was no one looking after them. How pathetic.

tricia

April 8th, 2011
1:31 pm

Joe? Lmfao oder eaters. I just chocked laughing haha