Woman, 29, dies as body found trapped in police van outside station weeks later

American police once again face serious questions after a black woman's body was found in the back of a police van parked at the local police station.

Christina Nance, 29, spent twelve days inside a former prison inmates' van before her body was discovered.

Ms Nance first entered the vehicle on September 25, with surveillance footage showing she last opened a window on September 28, CNN reported.

On October 2 Christina was reported missing by her family and her body was finally found five days later.

Because the disused police van used to transport prisoners, it can't be opened from inside.

Cops in Huntsville, Alabama are being asked why the woman was able to stay untraced inside the vehicle parked outside the local police station and courthouse for almost two weeks.

Her cause of death has not yet been declared, nor the reason why she was in the van in the first place.

Police deputy chief DeWayne McCarver told a press conference yesterday unused vans are usually locked, with the officer only discovering her by chance.

He explained: "The officer noticed shoes next to the van and approached, discovering Ms Nance's body inside.

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"Windows on the van were observed to be opened and on this type of van, they popped outward.

"All city vehicles should remain locked any time they are not in use or occupied.

"Sometimes, you just have to say that was something that shouldn't have happened. It did."

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The tragic incident is now the subject of a criminal investigation, but authorities and even Christina's own family are none the wiser about how it happened.

Though McCarver added the local crisis team "know her pretty well", suggesting she was in and out of some urgent situations.

No foul play or bodily trauma was found on Christina's body according to an autopsy conducted last week.

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McCarver added: "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."

Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who represented the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, said he would be looking into it.

Mr Crump explained: "We will get to the truth of what happened to Christina Nance, the young Black woman found dead in the police van in front of the Huntsville Police Department.

"We lift up Christina's family with prayer as they mourn this devastating loss."

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