Huntsville Police release new details about woman found dead in department van

She was found dead in the police van last week. An official cause of death has not been announced yet.

Posted: Oct 15, 2021 4:01 PM

The Huntsville Police Department on Friday released more information related to the death of Christina Nance.

Nance, 29, was found dead Oct. 7 inside a police van in the parking lot of the Public Safety Complex at 815 Wheeler Ave.

According to a news release from the department:

“Ms. Nance’s body was discovered by a police officer walking in the parking lot on Thursday, Oct. 7. The officer noticed shoes next to the van and approached the vehicle, discovering Ms. Nance’s body inside. HPD has reviewed hours of security video to determine the events leading up to the discovery of Ms. Nance.

“City of Huntsville security cameras attached to the Public Safety Complex show Ms. Nance enter the parking lot on Saturday, Sept. 25, at approximately 12:30 p.m. In the video, Ms. Nance is seen walking around the lot, lying down in the bushes, sitting on the hood of a police car, and approaching other parked and unoccupied vehicles for about 10 minutes before entering the van through the rear door.

“Security video shows Ms. Nance entered the unlocked police van through the rear door and movement in the van through Tuesday, Sept. 28. Ms. Nance was reported missing by her family on Saturday, Oct. 2.

“The Huntsville Police Department’s thoughts are with the family during this tragedy,” said Police Chief Mark McMurray. “Investigators met with the family Friday morning and showed them the security video of the events leading up to Ms. Nance’s death. We will continue to work with them through this difficult time.”

“Madison County Coroner Dr. Tyler Berryhill announced an autopsy performed at the Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville on Tuesday, Oct. 12, showed no foul play or trauma in Ms. Nance’s death. The official cause of death will be ruled by the State Medical Examiner once additional studies, including toxicology, are complete.

“The van was purchased by HPD in 1995 to transport inmates. In the early 2000s, the van was repurposed and used by civilian employees to transfer evidence approved for destruction from cleared cases. The van was last used in March 2021.”

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