Transgender woman murdered in Jacksonville, NC

Jenna Franks

Thirty-four-year-old Transgender woman Jenna Franks was found alongside a Jacksonville, Florida road, February 24, 2020. She was found about 1:30 pm on Wednesday by city workers who were clearing a ditch in the area of Ellis Boulevard and White Street. Jacksonville Police withheld releasing information of her death until yesterday and after family members were contacted. JPD now say that they are treating her death as a homicide.

Family members believe she was murdered because of her gender expression.

Jenna Franks moved to Jacksonville recently to live in transitional housing while in recovery from drug addiction.

One friend said that Jenna did not like being in the woods. It is a possibility the killer knew that.

Jenna Franks is being remembered by friends and family with the songs that she loved. One of her favorite songs ‘Breath’.

Supervisor of JPD Investigative Services Division Captain Mike Capps said in a statement, “Information obtained over the few days have investigators treating the case as a homicide. At this time, there is no additional information that can be released due to the open investigation.”

LGBT Onslow Director Dennis Biancuzzo says he has worked with detectives during the investigation, adding JPD has done a superb job thus far.

Her sister posted a fundraiser on her Facebook page to help pay for funeral expenses.

Anyone that may have information that would assist in the investigation into the murder of Jenna Franks may contact Detective Kymberly Schott at 910-938-6414 or or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 for information determined to be of value to law enforcement. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES) Please refer to Case 21-00540 when calling or texting about this investigation.

According to the Remembering Our Dead project, Jenna Franks is the 24th transgender person murdered in the United States since November 20, 2020, the last TDoR.

Rest In Peace Jenna Franks

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender