The FBI is helping investigate the murder of a transgender woman in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) – Federal investigators are assisting the Jacksonville Police in investigating the murder of a transgender woman.

Jenna Franks’ body was found by city officials near a creek on a Jacksonville bike path on February 24. Jacksonville Police Department originally said there was no ongoing threat to the public but then announced that they are pursuing the case as a homicide investigation.

Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver confirmed that the FBI is part of the case.

“From day one, Frank Homicide investigators haven’t ruled out any motive. We used a variety of law enforcement resources and partnerships with other agencies, including the FBI, in this investigation. “

Police did not say whether Frank’s death was motivated by her gender identity, but a local director at the LGBTQ + center said the information he received about her death but not confirmed from WITN News had the community who did he serves, terrified.

Anyone with information about the Franks murder should call the Jacksonville Police Department at 910-938-6414 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

MARCH 4TH STORY

Police now say a death investigation has turned into murder.

The body of Jenna Franks, a transgender woman from Jacksonville, was found in a ditch on Ellis Boulevard on February 24th by a municipal workgroup.

“Information received in the past few days has investigators treating the case as murder. There is currently no additional information that can be released from the open investigation, ”said Captain Mike Capps, supervisor of the Investigative Services Division.

The 34-year-old Frank’s body was found between the bike path and Ellis Boulevard.

At the time, police said there was nothing to suggest a threat to the public.

Officers even the smallest information could be helpful in case. They ask anyone with information about the murder to call them at 910-938-6414 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

FEBRUARY 26TH STORY

Jacksonville police say they have identified a body that was found in the woods on Wednesday afternoon.

City crews were clearing a ditch near Ellis Boulevard and White Street when they saw a body in the woods next to a stream.

Police identified the body as that of a 34-year-old man.

Dennis Biancuzzo, executive director of the LGBTQ center in Onslow County, made it clear that it was the body of Jenna Franks, a transgender woman.

Police say the body was found between the bike path and Ellis Boulevard.

The police did not say how she died, but nothing to suggest that there was a threat to the public.

Anyone with information on the case should call the Jacksonville Police Department at 910-938-6414 or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

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