Autospy Reveals Cause Of Death For Nia Hantzopoulos

UPDATE: Officials at the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office have released the autopsy results for Nia Hantzopoulos.

According to the M.E., Hantzopoulos died from blunt force injuries to the head due to assault. Officials say she had multiple cuts, abrasions, and fractures to her head and face. The autopsy report said skull fragments and brain matter could be seen through many of the cuts.

Click here to read the full autopsy report

Humberto Mendoza was arrested in Myrtle Beach around the first of the year and charged with the First Degree Murder of Hantzopoulos. He was transported back to Charlotte and is currently awaiting trial.


UPDATE: According to a search warrant released by CMPD, Mendoza got a neighbor at his apartment complex to help him load Hantzopoulos’s body into the trunk of the car she was found in.

The report says that Mendoza asked the neighbor to help carry a heavy object wrapped in a white sheet to a car and load it in the trunk on the afternoon of December 16th. According to the warrant, Mendoza told the neighbor it was a deer.

Mendoza then left and was not seen again at his apartment until December 21st. Reports say Mendoza then left his apartment again that day and never returned.

Police are still working to determine Mendoza’s whereabouts.


CHARLOTTE, NC — Murder warrants have been issued for a man police believe is involved in the killing of a missing Charlotte woman.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, on Tuesday, officers located a Toyota Avalon on Conlan Circle near Ballantyne. Detectives say the vehicle belongs to Nia Hantzopoulos, who was reported missing by her husband on December 17. In a release sent out on Tuesday, officers say they located the vehicle and the missing woman’s body.

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Police are now looking for 44-year-old Humberto Alvarez Mendoza in connection to her death.

Hantzopoulos’s husband told authorities his wife left home on December 15 and was traveling to the Pineville/Fort Mill area around 2 p.m. and never returned.

The medical examiner is now working to determine the cause of death.

Police are asking if anyone sees or knows the whereabouts of Mendoza to call 911 or the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team at 704-336-VCAT.