A Texas family is suing a funeral home for at least $1 million, claiming gross negligence after their loved one’s body disappeared from the facility’s hallway and has still not been found, officials said.
After Julie Mott lost her battle to Cystic Fibrosis in August at the age of 25, her family arranged for her to be cremated following a memorial with the Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries of San Antonio.
“After the memorial service but before the body was transferred to the crematorium, Mission lost possession of Julie Mott’s body and to this day has been unable to explain how they lost the body,” the lawsuit filed this month said.
Police have said they believe Mott’s body was taken during a three-hour window when her casket was left in a private visitation area of the funeral home.
A suspect has not been identified, but authorities have said they believe the body was taken by someone obsessed with Mott or someone opposed to her cremation, Reuters reported.
A message left for the funeral home by INSIDE EDITION was not returned.
In a statement to Reuters, Mission Park said: “We have been working closely with the police, private investigators, and the public since the theft occurred to find the culprit in this case."
Mission Park has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Mott’s remains and the person who stole her body, KENS 5 reported.
The family of Jose C. Perez, who was 70 when he died in 2014, is also suing Mission Park for allegedly misplacing their loved one’s remains.
After their father passed away on Feb. 9, 2014, Perez’s family said in a suit they found themselves looking at a stranger during what was meant to be a private viewing of his body, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
The family claims the company allegedly confused Perez’s body with someone else, dressing the wrong man in their dad’s favorite suit and jewelry.
“They did not know where their father’s remains were, and conducted a two-to-three hour search” before finding him at another funeral home, the Express-News wrote.
The Perez family suit is seeking monetary relief of up to $1 million.