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Unused police van found with body of missing Black woman

In the wake of the discovery of Christina Nance’s body in an unused police van, her family demands answers. The corpse found on Monday outside the Huntsville Police Department offices in Alabama

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In the wake of the discovery of Christina Nance’s body in an unused police van, her family demands answers. The corpse found on Monday outside the Huntsville Police Department offices in Alabama was determined to belong to the missing woman (Oct. 11), ABC 31 reports.

During an autopsy performed Tuesday (Oct. 12), Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill reported there was no evidence of “foul play” or “trauma”. Toxicology results have yet to be formally determined as to the cause of Christina’s death, and authorities have stated that several months may pass before the results of that analysis are released.

According to reports, Christina’s body was discovered by a police officer walking towards a police car on Thursday (Oct. 7). In accordance with WSFA, investigators are using the security cameras inside the complex to determine when the woman arrived in the complex parking lot.

However, Whitney Nance, the sister of the woman, said the family had been prevented from viewing the surveillance footage. The family of Christina reportedly requested to see the tapes after her body was discovered, but the investigator who is handling the case was not in the office when they asked to see them.

There is no way we could believe that our sister would just walk up to a van and start climbing in. Why hadn’t the van been locked at the police station? Whitney was quoted as saying by local outlet WAFF.

In response, Christina’s family has requested greater transparency and explanations about her death. She gave police a report of her sister’s disappearance two weeks ago and was searching for her when her body was discovered.

Christina Matthews’ cousin, Frank Matthews, said at a press conference that the family does not know how her body ended up inside a police van on property owned by police. Frank Matthews added that Christina Matthews “cannot speak for herself.”

According to Whitney, Christina has requested help from the police department HQ in the past, and her relatives have occasionally picked her up from the complex. The van in which the body was found was last used to transport evidence in March, according to an official with the department. Click here to find Christina’s GoFundMe campaign.

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