A funeral was held for Julie Mott, who died at age 25 of cystic fibrosis, on August 15 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North in San Antonio, Texas. Just hours after the service concluded, Mott’s body disappeared. Police believe the body was stolen.
“There wasn’t any forced entry to the facility,” said Sgt. Javier Salazar in an interview with a CNN affiliate. “So, what’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.”
The owner of the funeral home, Dick Tips, happened to be friends with Mott. He speculated that someone may not have agreed with the decision to have Mott’s body cremated, and stole the remains to prevent that outcome.
“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.”
Right now, it’s not clear how her body was carried out. There are no surveillance cameras on the property and the facility is open to the public.
Tips said they will be making changes to their security, which would include closing off some doors.
The funeral home is offering a $20,000 reward for any information that leads to the recovery of the body. Additionally, investigators request that anyone with any related information call 210-225-TIPS (8477).
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