The remains of a 55-year-old Black trans woman were uncovered in a mysterious North Carolina fire last month. According to reports, the woman, who is being referred to as “Bubba” has been missing since July.
A home in Charlotte, North Carolina that was under construction caught fire on July 27. At the time, officials said the home was unoccupied as the building had been stripped down to bare walls in order for it to be converted into office space. The cause of the fire was undetermined. The blaze is said to have taken 23 firefighters 30 minutes to put out the fire and caused the structure to collapse. This made it unsafe for investigators to enter.
Three days later an insurance investigator found the remains of a body, burned beyond recognition, at the site. The body was initially identified as male, but now has come to be identified as a trans woman who had been missing since July who went by Bubba.
Questions have arisen around why the fire officials didn’t find the body in their initial search. They have asserted that there was no indication that anyone would have been in the building as it was under construction, and that the state of the building after the fire made it too unsafe to risk a firefighter entering it.
No cause of death has been determined and officials have still not released information on the cause of the fire. One user on Twitter has said Bubba was murdered but officials have not yet ruled the case a homicide.
Bee Love Slater, who became the 18th trans person killed, earlier this month, was found bound and set on fire in Florida.