Shortly after her funeral service, 25-year-old Julie Mott’s body went missing.
KENS 5 reports that last Saturday, just after Julie’s friends and family said goodbye to the young San Antonio woman, her body was stolen from a private area of the funeral home.
Julie’s body, according to police, was inside the Mission Parks Funeral Chapel North in Texas when her body was taken to a visitation area after her 1 p.m. memorial service ended. Reports say the funeral home was closed and locked up for good around 4:30 p.m. KENS 5 reports that sometime during that three-hour window, her body was snatched.
It wasn’t until the next morning that funeral workers realized Mott’s body was gone. Police say Mott’s body had been in the hallway and was supposed to be cremated. According to PEOPLE, Sgt. Javier Salazar believes that whoever stole her body may have been ideologically against cremation, though it’s unclear why he believes that.
The casket itself reportedly showed some signs of forced entry, though the funeral home itself did not.
Sgt. Salazar spoke out about the mystery, saying, “Our intelligence unit has been investigating it literally around the clock. And so we’re hoping that the public that hears about this case may be able to shed some light on it.”
As for Julie, her family says she passed away from a battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Reports say her memorial service was held on what would have been her 26th birthday. “So disturbing and unbelievable that someone would do this. RIP Julie and prayers to your family in this horrible time,” a friend wrote on the young woman’s Facebook page.
The funeral home and her family, according to the report, are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the suspect.
The case is currently being treated as an abuse of a corpse.
If you know anything, please contact police directly: 210.225.8477.
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