FBI assisting Jacksonville police with Jenna Franks homicide case

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Jacksonville police have confirmed Monday to WNCT that the homicide case involving a transgender person is being looked into by the FBI.

Beth Purcell, Public Affairs Coordinator with the Jacksonville Police Department, told WNCT’s Kayla Schmidt the FBI joined the investigation at the beginning of the case. In a statement, Jacksonville Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver said, “From the first day, investigators working the Franks Homicide have not ruled out any motive. We have utilized a variety of law enforcement resources and partnerships with other agencies, including the FBI, in this investigation.”

On Feb. 24 around 1:20 p.m., police responded to a call of a body in the area of Ellis Boulevard and White Street. Workers who were clearing the area found the body of Jenna Franks in a wooded area close to a creek.

“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” said Capt. Mike Capps, supervisor of JPD Investigative Services Division, back in February.

“Officers have been working tirelessly on this investigation,” said Lt. Richard Kellum of the JPD Investigative Services Division back in February. “Even the smallest bit of information could be helpful to detectives.  We ask that anyone with information to contact JPD or Crime Stoppers.”

Anyone that may have information that would assist in the investigation may contact Detective Kymberly Schott at 910-938-6414 or kschott@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. 

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