“Somebody out there knows what happened” Police still on hunt for Jenna Franks’s murderer

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Today, marks one year since Jenna Franks, a transgender woman was found murdered in Jacksonville.

“There’s a whole lot of emotions going on right now,” said Lillith Campos of the Onslow County LGBTQ Community Center.

A transitional home in Jacksonville is decorated in her memory. Campos reflected on the the 34-year-old transgender woman’s body being found with several stab wounds last year near the intersection of White Street and Ellis Boulevard.

I’ve never been to where this happened at. I’ve never stepped foot in this house. It’s like you don’t watch the last episode or something or read the last chapter of a book you know. If you don’t close that chapter then it didn’t happen. This isn’t easy being here,” said Campos.

Jacksonville Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to collect evidence connected to the murder, but still haven’t made any arrests.

“There was a lot of evidence that was processed. We’re waiting on the results of that and as soon as we get the results of that it may help us. I think the most important thing when we talk about this a year later is that somebody out there knows what happened and somebody has heard anything whether they think it’s significant or not,” said police chief Michael Yaniero.

Dennis Biancuzzo, director of the Onslow LGBTQ Community Center spoke to the importance of keeping Franks’s memory alive in the transitional home, saying Franks was once homeless herself.

“We have had individuals come through this house that were answered calls to homeless individuals who need a place to live and who need to get back on their feet,” said Biancuzzo.

The LGBTQ Community Center will be doing backpacks for Jenna on Saturday where they give out backpacks full of supplies, food and clothing for homeless people in the community at 11am at onslow Outreach. They will also provide thermal blankets and free haircuts.

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

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