It's equally tragic and rare when a story like this comes along. On August 8, 25-year-old Julie Mott lost her battle with cystic fibrosis. On August 15, on the day that would been her 26th birthday, Mott's funeral took place in San Antonio. The following day, just prior to her cremation, Mott's body vanished. On August 21, her family went public with the search for their missing daughter.
Here are the photos that celebrate Julie Mott's life: