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Video footage of Huntsville, Alabama, native Christina Nance’s last hours has been reviewed by the local police department — but the video raises more questions than answers.
“Ms. Nance is observed in the video, walking around the parking lot” on the 25th, Huntsville Deputy Police Chief DeWayne McCarver said in a news conference. “She lays down in the bushes at some point (and) she sits on the hood of a police car for some time. She approaches other cars in the parking lot. … And this all happens for about 10 minutes before she enters the van.”
The last time Nance opened the windows, in what McCarver described as a very busy parking lot, was Sept. 28, said McCarver.
“Cars go by, people walk nearby the van. We just wish that she would have hollered out to someone or something, because there were plenty of … what we see as potential opportunities for this to not be a tragedy. And unfortunately, no one was able to realize she was in that van and that was the outcome,” he continued.
They were uncertain of Nance’s state of mind was on the night she entered the van.
Her body was discovered by a police officer walking to the parking lot at around 9.15 am on Oct. 7 outside the Huntsville Public Safety Complex. The police said that the van was last used in March to transport evidence approved for destruction from cleared cases. Nance was reported missing by her family on Saturday, Oct. 2.
An autopsy found no evidence of foul play or trauma. The toxicology analysis is still pending.
Initially, the family said they were waiting to view the surveillance video. The family was able to view the surveillance video on Friday and still were left with questions.
“The video was not clear enough to indicate that that was our sister Christina Nance,” Nance’s sister Whitney Nance told WAFF. “It was just very heartbreaking to know that we didn’t get the clarification that we really needed, that we wanted.”