19-Year-Old Chicago Woman Found Dead in Rosemont Freezer *Update*
The case shrouded in mystery raises even more speculation as Rosemont police release hotel surveillance footage leading up to the death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins. In cooperation with Rosemont police the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center released surveillance footage of the teenager moments before she went “missing.”
In the video you can see Jenkins walking through the hotel at around 1:15 a.m. with friends heading to a party inside one of the rooms. By the time you see Jenkins again is around 3:30 a.m. and she’s seen exiting an elevator alone and stumbling into the hotel’s empty kitchen. Friends with Jenkins called her mother around 4 a.m. to tell her they had lost sight of Jenkins. No one seems present in the kitchen aside from Jenkins and without footage showing her going into the freezer and locking herself physically inside the freezer her mother and activists aren’t buying the video.
Activists are not satisfied with the findings of Rosemont police and are asking federal authorities to intervene. Jenkins was visibly intoxicated in the second video where she was last seen alive. Another tape shows the man who found her body in the freezer around 12:23 a.m. the following day run out of the kitchen and return with police officers.
Cause of death has still not been released by the Cook County medical examiner. Investigators are still waiting toxicology tests to determine what was in Jenkins’ system at the time of the incident. Jenkins mother still suspects foul play and is curious how an inebriated woman on the smaller side would be able to open a heavy freezer door on her own.
The hotel has released this statement:
“The entire Crowne Plaza at Rosemont family grieves the death of Kenneka Jenkins. It is the tragic loss of a promising young person. We offer her family our deepest sympathies. … Our hearts go out to Kenneka’s mother, her family and friends. We hope covering the funeral costs provides a small bit of relief for them.”