The Julie Mott case is certainly an odd one. Thieves in San Antonio, Texas stole her body from her casket in the funeral home on August 15, right before she was supposed to be cremated. Police are investigating, but they are currently baffled by the case and now a $20,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can help locate the dead body.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the family of Julie Mott have also posted their daughter’s obituary online. The 25-year-old woman passed away after battling a genetic disease called cystic fibrosis, which limits the ability to breathe and causes lung infections. Mott was only supposed to live to the age of 3-years-old, but she persisted way beyond what doctors would have expected.
Investigators believe Julie Mott’s body was stolen after the August 15 service, but before the funeral home closed up for the night. The employees of the funeral home only realized the theft the next morning on Sunday.
“There wasn’t any forced entry to the facility,” said Sgt. Javier Salazar, according to KSAT. “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.”
Police are uncertain how Julie Mott’s body was removed from the funeral home. The facility does not have security cameras and the area was open to the public. Salazar says the reward was offered since they are hoping the public might help solve the mystery.
“Our intelligence unit has been investigating it literally around the clock,” said Sgt. Salazar, according to KENS5. “And so we’re hoping that the public that hears about this case may be able to shed some light on it.”
Police are not ruling out any potential suspects, but Dick Tips, the owner of the funeral home, believes it is possible that Julie Mott’s body was stolen by someone who disagrees with cremation.
“I can’t believe this is happening to such dear friends of mine and she’s a dear friend of mine,” said Tips. “This is a person that I know. This is a person that I know and I want her back. We think it is possible that the fact that someone didn’t believe in the cremation process, versus the traditional burial process.”
Tips is offering the $20,000 reward for anyone who helps arrest the criminals who stole Julie Mott’s body. The number to call is 210-225-TIPS (8477).
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