Christina Nance, 29, was discovered dead in an underused police van, and her family is demanding answers. A body discovered in a van parked outside the Huntsville Police Department offices in Alabama on Monday was verified to be the missing woman, according to ABC 31. (Oct. 11).
Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill performed an autopsy on Tuesday (Oct. 12), finding no signs of “foul play” or “trauma.” Christina’s formal cause of death, however, has not to be determined, and a toxicology report has yet to be issued, which police say might take many months.
Christina’s body was apparently spotted by an officer heading toward a police car on Thursday (Oct. 7). Investigators are examining the building’s CCTV cameras to figure out when she arrived in the complex parking lot, according to WSFA.
Whitney Nance, the woman’s sister, said her family’s attempts to view the security film were unsuccessful. After Christina’s body was discovered, her family reportedly went to police headquarters and asked to see the tapes, but were told that the case investigator was out of the office.
“We don’t believe our sister would just go up to a van and get into it.” First and foremost, why was the van not locked while on police property?” Whitney told WAFF, a local news station.
Christina’s family has since demanded more information and answers about her tragedy. Whitney stated that she had reported her sister missing two weeks prior and had been looking for her when her body was discovered.
At a news conference, Frank Matthews, a local activist and Christina’s cousin, said, “We truly don’t know how our relative’s body was found inside a police van on police property, and we need some justice.” “We require some clarification, and Christina is unable to speak for herself.”
According to Whitney, Christina had previously sought assistance from the police department and had been picked up by family from the complex on several occasions. According to a department official, the van in which her body was discovered was last used to transport evidence in March. Here’s a link to a GoFundMe page for Christina’s family.