OAKLAND PARK (CBSMiami) — As residents arrived and left the Bridgewater Place apartments in Oakland Park on Thursday, a team of Broward Sheriff’s detectives and deputies were there to meet them.

They were handing out flyers seeking clues in the unsolved murder of Nicole Franco.

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“We know somebody saw something. Somebody knows something,” said Det. Kevin Forsberg of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Lead detective Kevin Forsberg said BSO needs the public’s help. BSO said Franco was murdered inside her apartment in June.

According to officials, Franco called 911 in the early morning hours to report a burglary in progress in her apartment.

Deputies responded quickly and searched but did not have an apartment number. They eventually found an open sliding glass door and Franco’s body inside. 

“This girl was truly an innocent victim,” said Forsberg.

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Click here to watch Carey Codd’s report.

Franco was a student at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and working as a pastry chef. She hoped to open her own bakery.

She was from New Jersey where her parents lived.

CBS4’s Carey Codd spoke to her mother who said she believed her daughter was safe inside a gated community. She said the family has few details about what happened and hopes someone who knows something has the courage to come forward and tell investigators.

Anyone with information is urged to call Broward Crimestoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.

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