Longtime medical examiners weigh in on the woman’s death as concerns arise, says Texas mother Christina Powell

Nancy Grace, host of Fox Nation, talks about the missing mother of two from San Antonio.

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! More than two weeks after being seen racing out of her San Antonio house, Texas mom Christina Lee Powell was found dead in her car. Some of the most well-known medical experts in the field of pathology are commenting on the inquiry pertaining to her death.

On the evening of July 23, Powell, a 39-year-old mother of two boys, was found dead in the front passenger seat of her Nissan SUV. According to what they have said thus far, the investigators think her automobile was left there for at least a week.

The cause and manner of Powell’s death are still “pending,” according to the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office, as the office is still awaiting the results of more testing, it was reported on Monday by Fox News Digital. The San Antonio Police Department, meantime, was unable to corroborate an Inside Edition report ‘s assertion that Powell committed a “apparent suicide” on July 5, driving directly from her house to the parking lot where she was found over three weeks later.

Dr. Cyril Wecht, a renowned forensic pathologist, said in a Monday interview with Fox News Digital that extra investigations will probably include a toxicological review and microscopic testing to look for any diseases.

Christina “Chrissy” Lee Powell, who was last seen on July 5, 2022, is depicted in undated images given by the police and her family. (Courtesy of Lauren Leal; San Antonio Police Department)

Wecht, who has worked on some of the most high-profile death investigations in the nation, including those involving President John F. Kennedy and JonBent Ramsey, said that the toxicology results are what people are waiting for. They’ll also do a microscopic examination of the tissues to ensure that there is no sign of heart, lung, or other organ inflammation.

The necessity for additional testing, according to Dr. Michael Baden, a Fox News contributor and a former chief medical examiner for New York City, simply indicates that the cause and manner were not immediately apparent.

“Generally, it could imply that the body is free of external marks. If there was a gunshot wound, strangulation, for instance, or if the autopsy revealed cancer or heart disease as the cause of death, that information would have been made public as soon as possible, “said Baden, a forensic pathologist with more than five decades of experience and over 20,000 autopsies under his belt.

“And if the autopsy itself doesn’t identify the cause of death, toxicology testing are likely to be important, with the question “what about the history?” For instance, if she’s depressed, they might consider barbiturates, narcotics, or deadly medications.”

Powell was last seen racing out the front door of the San Antonio home she shared with her mother and her oldest son on the morning of July 5. Powell then vanished without a trace. She informed her mother that she would be late for work the morning of her disappearance.

Around 10:35 a.m., she was spotted leaving the house on doorbell camera footage, but she was never seen again. When Powell departed, she probably also left her Apple Watch and her cell phone, which were both on the restroom counter.

Despite leaving in her Nissan SUV, she never made it the 15 minutes or seven miles to her business.

The following day, Claudia Mobley reported her daughter missing. She then revealed to Fox News Digital that Mobley had never reported her daughter’s previous absence to authorities because she returned home in less than a week.

On July 5, 2022, Christina “Chrissy” Powell is seen exiting her San Antonio house in a screen capture from doorbell camera footage (Courtesy Lauren Leal)

Then, on July 23, at around 6:45 p.m., the San Antonio Police Department got a call reporting “an injured sick individual” at the Huebner Oaks Center.

The 2020 Nissan Rogue, later identified to belong to Powell, was “parked in the same location for about a week,” the San Antonio Police Department said, when officers arrived and spoke to a security guard. The security guard told the officers that he was driving through the parking lot when he spotted the vehicle.

The body was discovered in the front passenger seat after the driver “reported a terrible odor coming from the vehicle,” according to the police.
According to a law enforcement source, the SUV’s windows were shut.
Days had passed, the source continued.

Powell’s body showed no evident indications of trauma, and her pocketbook, which held identification information, was also present. It was unclear right away whether any drugs or writings were found at the scene.

Wecht told Fox News Digital that even if pathologists are aware of what killed Powell, they will still need to go farther to decide if it was a deliberate act, an accident, a natural death, or an inconclusive death.

The concentrations of any substances discovered in her system, he continued, may help determine if the death was unintentional. He asserted that hypothetically, the presence of a significant amount of alcohol or drugs in Powell’s blood would suggest a more focused aim.

Her Red Hill Place home is around four miles and ten minutes’ drive from the retail complex. Powell’s car is thought to have been parked in the lot around the time San Antonio temperatures hit the 90s, if not more.

Please call the Suicide andamp; Crisis Lifeline at 988 if you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts or is in a mental health crisis.

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