ROSEMONT, Ill. — A 19-year old Chicago teen who had gone missing from an upscale hotel here was found dead inside a hotel’s walk-in freezer.
Kenneka Jenkins who had gone to the Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, near Chicago, was found dead inside a freezer in the basement of the hotel. While the police are not talking about any foul play involved in the death, it has become a huge talking point on social media with numerous videos of her doing the rounds.
These videos that were purportedly made merely hours before her death show her in different pose. One such single video has been shared by tens of thousands of people on Facebook. Several thousands of people have commented on it, in favor or against the allegations of the foul play.
The girl’s parents were informed by her friends about her sudden disappearance at around 4:30 a.m. when they couldn’t find here there. Within half an hour, her mother was at the hotel, trying to convince the hospital staff to see the security cameras’ recordings of the past few hours. The hotel staff told her that it was not possible without filing a missing person’s report.
It took several hours for her family and friends to file missing person’s complaint as police asked them to wait for a couple of hours. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says Kenneka Jenkins was pronounced dead at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont. Police say that the cause of death is not yet confirmed although an autopsy has been completed.
The girl’s mother, Tereasa Martin, while talking to the Chicago Tribune said that authorities have told her that Jenkins apparently let herself into the freezer while drunk. Martin said that if her daughter was drunk, she would have had difficulty opening the heavy freezer doors and would’ve realized she wasn’t entering an elevator or the hotel entrance
The inconsolable mother says, “(I’m) horrified…It’s something that no one could ever imagine. It’s unbelievable.”
A statement by the hotel was released saying, “The Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center holds the safety, security and well-being of our guests and employees as our top priority and concern…We are saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the young woman and her family during this difficult time. The hotel staff will continue to cooperate fully with local authorities. All further questions should be directed to the Rosemont Police Department.”