Family says woman’s body stolen from funeral home

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – A family in Texas is grieving following the death of a 25-year-old woman. Their grief turned into disbelief when they learned that someone stole their daughter’s remains.

On Aug. 8, 25-year-old Julie Mott died of complications from cystic fibrosis.

Last Saturday, services were held to honor Mott’s life, but a thief decided to target the family in an unusual way.

“There wasn’t any forced entry to the facility,” said Sgt. Javier Salazar, with the San Antonio Police Department. “So, what it’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.”

Employees discovered that Mott was missing Sunday morning.

“We just want our daughter’s remains returned so we can have some closure to our grief,” Tim Mott, Julie’s father, said KSAT.

Right now, investigators are not sure how her body was carried out of the building. There were no surveillance cameras on the property and the facility is open to the public.

Friends believe the thief didn’t agree with the fact that Mott was scheduled to be cremated.

“We think it is possible that the fact that someone didn’t believe in the cremation process, versus the traditional burial process,” said Dick Tips, family friends and owner of the funeral home.

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