SAN ANTONIO -- A local family is desperate to be united with their daughter after her body was stolen from inside of a San Antonio funeral home following her service Saturday. "We just want our daughter's remains returned so we can have some closure to our grief," said Tim Mott, Julie Mott's father.
According to investigators, the body of Julie Mott, 26, was taken from her casket at Mission Parks Funeral Chapel North following her service on August 15. "It's really quite concerning," said SAPD Sgt. Javier Salazar. "We are hoping that the public may be able to help assist us."
Sgt. Salazar said Mott's service ended around 1 or 1:30 in the afternoon, which is when a casket with her remains was taken into a private visitation area in the back of the funeral home. The funeral home was locked up and secured around 4:30 p.m.
Police believe somewhere in that three-hour window, someone took Mott's body out of the casket. That suspect and Mott's remains remain a mystery. "Our intelligence unit has been investigating it literally around the clock," said Sgt. Salazar. "And so we're hoping that the public that hears about this case may be able to shed some light on it."
Police said they don't believe her body was removed overnight, because an alarm at the facility had not been triggered and there didn't appear to be any forced entry. "The next morning when they came back to the funeral home, they discovered that the casket Ms. Mott had been in for the service was actually empty," said Sgt. Salazar. "Her remains had been removed."
Julie Mott's family is close friends with the owner of Mission Parks Funeral Home, which is offering $20,000 to help catch the person responsible.
Mott died on August 8 from Cystic Fibrosis.
If you have any information in this case, please call SAPD at 210-225-TIPS (8477).