Huntsville Police identify woman found in van outside HPD headquarters

Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Police Department has identified the woman found dead inside a van outside police headquarters Thursday morning.

Christina Nance, 29, was found after an officer walking by noticed her body inside an old, unused van around 9:15 a.m.

There are still a lot more questions than answers in this case. Huntsville Police say the van Christina Nance was found in was no longer in use, but it was parked in the police headquarters parking lot and had HPD decal stickers.

We also do not know the manner of Nance’s death, but HPD says the coroner’s initial assessment shows no visible signs of trauma or foul play.  

Nance’s family spoke with News 19 Sunday, saying they were looking for answers and asking for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

HPD said the autopsy will be performed this week at the Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville.

The official cause of death will be determined pending the completion of the autopsy and toxicology reports, which could take several months.

“Her spirit will not rest and her spirit in our hearts and minds and souls will not rest as well until we have some kind of understanding,” said Frank Matthews, Nance’s cousin.

According to HPD they found Nance while an officer was walking to his car, which was parked next to the van.

News 19 has learned from Madison County Jail View records that Nance was arrested for multiple non violent offenses from 2013 to 2021. The majority of her arrests were for disorderly conduct. Records show her most recent arrest was in March of this year for criminal trespass. Following one case, Nance filed to have her court costs waived due to income, stating her only income came from disability payments.

Family members say Nance was very loved and they’re completely heartbroken by this loss.

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