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FBI, Jacksonville police offering rewards in Jenna Franks murder

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 12:27 PM EDT
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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The FBI says the death of a transgender woman is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Jenna Franks’ body was found on February 24th near Ellis Boulevard and White Street near a bike trail. Federal investigators say whoever killed Franks is likely familiar with the area.

The FBI today announced a $10,000 reward in the case, while Jacksonville police are offering an additional reward of up to $5,000.

Director for Communications at the Onslow County LGBTQ+ Community Center, Samuel Johnson said this death has impacted the entire area.

The FBI said the woman’s death is jointly being investigated by them and Jacksonville police, saying it is a potential hate crime.

Anyone with information on Franks’ death should call the FBI at 704-672-6100 or Jacksonville Police Department Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273.

Jacksonville police also said they have a new, Text-A-Tip method where you can anonymously give information by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637.

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