Huntsville police to release video of woman entering van before death

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

Posted: Oct 14, 2021 5:58 PM
Updated: Oct 14, 2021 8:43 PM

Video of a woman entering the Huntsville police van where she was later found dead will be released publicly, according to Huntsville Police.

Christina Nance, 29, was found dead in an unused police van in the Huntsville Municipal Court complex parking lot last week. Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray said investigators found video Thursday evening of the day Nance entered the van and plan to show it to her mother Friday before releasing it publicly.

He said the van was unlocked when Nance entered it, and the video should show her getting into the van unassisted. He referred to her as a "29-year-old who needs assistance" and stressed that while the van had been used in the past to transport evidence, including narcotics, it had not been used in months.

McMurray said the investigation is ongoing and expects forensic exam results to be available in about a month. Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill previously said an autopsy found no sign of foul play or trauma in her death, though an official cause of death is still pending further investigation. 

McMurray said the Huntsville Police Department had been working with Nance's family over the past year through Huntsville's crisis intervention team program, and that the department grieves with the family over Nance's death.

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