Timothy and Sharlotte Mott remain trapped in their grief, wondering what happened to their daughter’s body, which vanished from a local funeral home three years ago.
Julie, who died of cystic fibrosis, was supposed to be cremated a day after her funeral Aug. 15, 2015. Her body was reported missing from a damaged casket at Mission Park North on Cherry Ridge and has yet to be found.
It’s a mystery that continues to haunt the Motts.
The couple sued and won an $8 million judgment in January against MPII Inc., which does business as Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries, but to the family, there was no victory. The case didn’t provide the answers the Motts need most. They want nothing more than to fulfill her final wishes.
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“I cry quite easily all the time,” Sharlotte Mott, 65, said in a soft, trembling voice recently. “There’s a lot of sadness in the fact that we don’t know where she is. Nothing has changed.”
“I always thought of myself as a tough guy,” said Timothy Mott, 69, who was a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. His voice breaks: “But this is ... I can’t even put it into words.”
San Antonio police have made no arrests in the case, which is still under investigation, but hint there is a development.
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“We recently discovered some new information that we are actively pursuing with the hope that it leads us to Julie’s whereabouts,” said Lt. Jesse Salame, deputy chief of staff for Chief William McManus. “Because we don’t want to jeopardize the case, we can’t reveal yet what that new information is.”
As they go about their everyday lives, the Motts, who spoke recently with the San Antonio Express-News on the third anniversary of their daughter’s death, carry on as best they can. Julie is never far from their thoughts.
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