Julie Mott's dead body has been missing for over a week now after being stolen in broad daylight from a Texas funeral home. San Antonio police say they have multiple persons of interest, and they have also found one man who was reportedly "obsessed" with Mott before she died.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Dick Tips, the funeral home owner, wants higher charges against the thieves after they are arrested. Based upon Texas law, the abuse of a corpse is a class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000, or both jail time and a fine.
Tips believes the punishment should be more severe. He also thinks it is possible that Julie Mott's body was stolen by someone who disagrees with cremation for religious reasons.
"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."
Dr. Camis Milam, executive vice president for medical services at the Center for Health Care Services, explained why a person might want to steal a dead body.
"Individuals have stolen back the body of someone who was very close to them, near to them, because they couldn't bear that loss," Milam said, according to KSAT. "A person could say, 'I don't agree with what is being done. I need to take matters in my own hands.'"
The psychiatrist believes the thieves might be so overwhelmed with grief that their brains are not working normally. It's possible the criminals may "believe they're doing the right thing even though the rest of society would say, 'That's not only wrong, it's criminal.'"
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the San Antonio Police Department have identified a potential suspect who was constantly calling and texting Mott before she died. The 20-something's name and relationship to Mott have not been released, but SAPD spokesman Sgt. Javier Salazar says there is not enough evidence gathered to warrant an arrest of any one suspect.
"We have been getting inquiries on this case from all over the county," Salazar said. "The reason I think this resonates with people is that she was such a young girl that was taken in her prime, and despite this lifelong illness still managed to live a full life. Instead of the family being able to go through the normal grieving process they now have to go through this nightmare."
Dick Tips is offering $20,000 to anyone who can give San Antonio police a lead to finding Julie Mott's body. Anyone who has information is asked to call 210-225-TIPS.
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