SAN ANTONIO – At the request of Julie Mott’s parents, a news conference Friday at Public Safety Headquarters gave Tim and Charlotte Mott another chance to plead for the return of their daughter’s missing remains.
Almost exactly two months ago on what would have been her 26th birthday, the young woman’s body was stolen from Mission Park North in the 3400 block of Cherry Ridge following her memorial service.
Her father had read from a brief statement soon after it occurred, but Friday was the first time Charlotte Mott had spoken publicly about what she called “a horrendous act."
“This selfish person who took her cannot have loved her any more than I do,” she said. “I need her back, please.”
Charlotte Mott said it has been unbearable not being able to fulfill her daughter’s final wishes to be cremated after losing her long fight with cystic fibrosis.
“She knew she would die young. We spoke of these wishes often,” she said.
Charlotte Mott said instead after the funeral home closed, the unthinkable happened.
“Be it one or more persons went in unnoticed and lifted her body out of the casket,” she said.
“My anger is great,” Tim Mott said. “Sick mind, the person’s got to be sick.”
Asked if he knew who that could be, Tim Mott paused as San Antonio Police Chief McManus whispered in his ear.
“Yes,” Mott said, but he left it at that.
McManus said he wouldn’t discuss the case or a possible suspect mentioned in the initial police report.
The report described someone who “had been obsessed with calling and texting” Julie Mott. The person was also invited to the memorial service and was the last to leave.
“I know eventually we’ll find her," Tim Mott said.
Not only did the Motts appeal to the public to help them locate their daughter’s remains, Charlotte Mott also had a message for whoever is responsible.
“I don’t care who you are, but somehow get word to someone where we can find her,” she said. “We ask you please, please, return our Julie to us.”
Dick Tips, who owns Mission Park North, is offering a $20,000 reward.
McManus said anyone with information is asked to call the SAPD tip line at 225-TIPS (7477).