A grieving family is seeking closure after someone stole their
daughter’s body out of her casket at a Texas funeral home before she
could be cremated following her funeral service in broad daylight.,
baffling police and forcing her family to deal with losing her a second
Julie Mott, 25, died Aug. 8 after a life-long battle with cystic
fibrosis, a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and
limits the ability to breathe.
Her body was stolen after her funeral in San Antonio on August
would have been her 26th birthday, Sgt. Javier Salazar said.
Mott’s body was discovered missing the next morning, when staff went to
take her for cremation and found the casket had been broken into,
But there were no signs of forced entry on the Mission Parks Funeral
Chapel North home, and no alarms had gone off or been tampered with
overnight. That means her body was likely stolen from a private viewing
area between the end of the service at 1:30 p.m. and the end of the
business day at 4:30 p.m. after the funeral.
“Whoever did it was pretty daring about it,” Salazar said, noting the
crime could have been committed by just one person or a group because
Mott was petite.
As to motive, “the possibilities are endless” and police will wait until
they have apprehended a suspect to say why the crime occurred, he said.
“Our No. 1 priority, of course, is getting her back to her family,”
Salazar said. “A close second is to find out who the person was who did
it and bring them to justice.”
“We just want our daughter’s remains returned so we can have some closure to our grief,” he said.
The situation is especially heartwrenching because Mott was expected to
live to just 3 years old, Salazar said. But her family “encouraged her
to live” and have fun.
She became a “vibrant, typical young girl” who loved to horseback ride but spent many days bedridden, Salazar said.
“It’s heartbreaking to see a family that went through all that with
her…now being put through this before being able to go through mourning
and get the closure any family needs,” he said.
Friends mourned the second loss of the San Antonio College graduate who brought joy into their lives, despite her pain.
“So disturbing and unbelievable that someone would do this. RIP Julie
and prayers to your family in this horrible time,” friend Jessica Payne