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Texas family gets $8M for missing body from funeral home

(MGN Online)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- A jury has awarded $8 million to a couple after finding a San Antonio funeral home was negligent in the loss of their daughter's body before she was to be cremated.

The San Antonio Express-News reports that Sharlotte and Timothy Mott weren't in court for the Tuesday verdict against MPII Inc., which does business as Mission Park Funeral Chapels and Cemeteries.

Julie Mott was to be cremated after her funeral Aug. 15, 2015. The next day, employees discovered the 25-year-old's body missing from a damaged casket at Mission Park North. Police haven't arrested anyone and are still investigating Mott's disappearance.

Mott's parents accused the funeral company of hiding its use of outside contractors with unlimited access to its facilities.

The company's owners have denied wrongdoing. It's unclear whether they'll appeal.

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