The FBI says the death of a transgender woman is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Jenna Franks’ body was found on February 24, 2021, near Ellis Boulevard and White Street. City workers were clearing the ditch area when they saw a body next to a creek.
The FBI Charlotte Division is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to help solve the death of a transgender woman in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The case is being investigated jointly with the Jacksonville Police Department as a homicide and potential hate crime.
The Jacksonville Police Department and Crime Stoppers are offering an additional reward of up to $5,000.
Whoever is responsible is likely familiar with the area where her body was discovered. Investigators are asking the public for information to determine what happened to her and to arrest the person(s) responsible.
“Jenna was a beloved member of the LGBTQ+ community and her absence has been felt by her friends and family members. We do not believe this was a random act. There is a strong possibility the person who did this, continues to work and/or live in the community. We believe someone has information to help us get justice for Jenna and her family,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert R. Wells.
If you have information regarding Jenna’s death, call FBI Charlotte at 704-672-6100 or Jacksonville Police Department Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273. You can remain anonymous.