Fontana police were looking Wednesday for a man they believe killed a transgender woman in her home then escaped in her car.
Domonique Newburn, 31, was found dead inside her apartment in the 7900 block of Bennett Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after residents called police reporting a disturbance.
The San Bernardino County coroner listed Newburn as a male but her friends told KTLA-TV that she was a transgender woman. Her relationships and struggles were documented in a reality TV show that never aired, KTLA reported.
Witnesses reported seeing a shirtless man leave Newburn’s apartment before officers arrived, Fontana police said.
Authorities described him as in his late 20s or early 30s, 5-feet-8 with an average build and wearing blue jeans.
The man was seen leaving with clothes and a computer, KTLA reported. Witnesses said he drove off in Newburn’s black 2004 Mercedes C240 sedan with California license plate 7AAY925.
Newburn’s body was found near the window, suggesting she may have been attempting to escape, police said Wednesday. KTLA reported residents heard shouting before police arrived.
Newburn had sustained trauma, the coroner said.
[For the Record, 12:18 p.m. PDT Aug. 21: Newburn’s name and age were originally provided by the San Bernardino County coroner’s website as Domonigue Newburn, 32. But the information has since been updated to Domonique Newburn, 31.]