Julie Mott’s dead body was stolen shortly after her funeral. Mott died from cystic fibrosis complications on August 8. The 25-year-old Texas woman was due to be cremated but disappeared from her casket sometime before the funeral home closed at 4:30 p.m. on August 15. Mott’s funeral ceremony ended around 1:30 p.m. that same day, according to CNN on Sunday.
Mott, who was only expected to live to age 3, grew into a “vibrant” young girl. Unfortunately, cystic fibrosis stole the remainder of Julie Mott’s life shortly before her next birthday. Someone then stole her body on the day of her funeral, which would have also been her 26th birthday. Mott’s family is now left mourning the loss of her life, as well as the loss of her body.
Funeral workers found Julie Mott’s casket empty the day after her funeral. Sgt. Javier Salazar with the San Antonio police department believes someone actually stole Mott’s body in broad daylight. Reportedly, Mott’s casket had been moved to the hallway following her memorial service on August 15. Since there’s no sign of forced entry into the funeral home, authorities are saying the thief stole Mott’s body before the funeral home was locked up for the day.
Mission Park Funeral Chapel has no security cameras, and the public is free to come and go as they please during business hours. Mott’s body vanished without a trace and with no clues left behind as to who took it. Said Salazar, “In my 22 years in law enforcement, this is the first time I have ever heard of this happening.” The SAPD has developed some leads with no solid suspects. Dick Tips, the owner of the funeral home and close friend of the Mott family, theorized that the thief is obviously opposed to cremation.
Whatever the real motive, the person responsible for the theft will face a misdemeanor charge for abuse of a corpse. Julie Mott’s father, Tim Mott, said he wants his daughter’s remains returned so he can have some closure to his grief. Tips is offering more than a $20,000 reward for any information on the whereabouts of Mott’s body. He is fully cooperating with the investigation, saying “this is an unprecedented and unthinkable event.”
Salazar said his number one priority is to recover Mott’s body. Friends of Julie Mott are sickened by the crime. “The girls and I will not rest until you do,” posted Bryn Cornwell on Julie’s Facebook profile. Mott spent most of her life bedridden from cystic fibrosis, but had a passion for horses and managed to graduate from a San Antonio college. Information about the theft of Julie Mott’s body should be reported to the San Antonio Police Department at 210-225-TIPS.