The family of 25-year-old Julie Mott is reaching out to the public to figure out what happened to Mott’s body, reports KSAT. Oddly, it was after the funeral services for Julie that her body went missing from the Mission Park Funeral Home North in San Antonio, Texas. The fact that Julie’s body was missing from the funeral home wasn’t discovered by workers until Sunday, August 16, in the morning.
Tim Mott is Julie’s father, and he spoke to the public about simply wanting his daughter’s body back where it belongs. Mott’s body was stolen after her funeral on Saturday, August 15, police believe. According to ABC News, police reported that after the services were held at the funeral home on Cherry Ridge, but prior to the funeral home closing for the evening, a thief stole Julie’s body.
The emotional plea from Tim conveyed to the public that the Mott Family wants their daughter’s body returned so that their grief can have some sort of closure. Already grieving the fact that they lost Julie to cystic fibrosis — after the young woman’s battle ended on August 8 — the Mott Family is now experiencing further trauma with her missing remains.
Julie’s body was scheduled to undergo a cremation, so authorities believe that someone who doesn’t believe in the process of cremation may have had the motive to steal her remains in order to prevent the process. Either way, since the funeral home does not have security videos, there is no footage in existence of how some member of the public might have carried out the feat.
According to Sgt. Javier Salazar, the thief or thieves had about a three-hour window to take Julie’s body.
“There wasn’t any forced entry to the facility. So, what it’s believed is between the hours of 1:30 p.m. when the service ended to about 4:30 p.m. when they locked up for the evening, someone came in and stole Ms. Mott’s remains. That person remains at large.”
Dick Tips owns the funeral home, and he has put up a $20,000 reward for those who can give information that can provide an arrest in the case of the theft of Julie’s body. As a result of the missing Mott body, Tips plans to change the funeral home’s security and secure certain doors. Tips is the one who revealed the cremation-avoidance theory.
“We think it is possible that the fact that someone didn’t believe in the cremation process, versus the traditional burial process.”
Anyone with information about Julie’s missing body should call 210-225-TIPS (8477).
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