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Black woman went missing for 12 days before being found dead in parked police van in Alabama


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  • An Alabama woman was found dead in a parked police van on October 7, the Washington Post reported.

  • Christina Nance’s family reported her missing on October 7.

  • Surveillance footage shows a person suspected of being Nance entering the van on September 25.

A black woman went missing for 12 days before she was found dead in a prisoner transport van parked in Huntsville, Alabama, The Washington Post reported.

Surveillance footage released by the Huntsville Police Department on Friday showed Christina Nance, 29, entering the van parked outside the police headquarters and moving around on September 25.

Nance was reported missing on October 2, police said. His body was discovered on October 7.

WHNT reported that an officer walking past the van, which is old and unused, noticed Nance’s body. Nance’s family, now represented by attorney Ben Crump, told WTNH they were looking for answers.

“We will find out the truth about what happened to Christina Nance,” Crump said in a Tweeter. “We lift up Christina’s family in prayer as she mourns this devastating loss.”

An initial assessment by the coroner’s office revealed no signs of trauma or foul play. An autopsy is scheduled this week, WHNT reported.

At Friday’s press conference, Huntsville Deputy Police Chief DeWayne McCarver said surveillance footage showed a person suspected of being Nance wandering in the parking lot outside police headquarters on September 25. The person then gets into the van and the footage shows movement in the van through September 28. .

However, police said Nance’s family said they saw her on September 27.

Nance’s family told local media outlet WAFF that the video was not clear enough to show the person getting into the van was Nance and said they still had no answers.

“The dates were staggered, the times were staggered on the video. It was disturbing to know that we had come here for video footage for confirmation and we felt like we didn’t understand that,” said Sister’s sister. Nance, Whitney Nance.

WAFF reported that the police van in question was being used to transport detainees so people could get in, but couldn’t get out.

During his press conference, McCarver said Nance should not have been able to get into the van.

“It is a question of responsibility on our part,” said the deputy chief. “It shouldn’t have happened. And now we have to look at this, and we have to make sure that we put things in place so that it doesn’t happen again.”

McCarver added that police are moving in and out of the area anytime every day, but they never heard Nance calling for help.

“Cars are passing, people are walking near the van,” McCarver said. “We just wish she had shouted at someone or something because unfortunately there were what we see as potential opportunities for it not to be a tragedy.”

Her family told WTNH that she was gentle, calm and “never bothered anyone.”

In a statement, Alabama House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels requested an independent autopsy.

“We need to fully understand what happened to Ms Nance in order to prevent such tragedies from happening again in the future,” Daniels said.

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