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Kenneka Jenkins, missing Chicago woman’s body found in Rosemont hotel freezer: Photos

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A missing Chicago woman’s body was discovered inside a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont. The young woman had reportedly gone to a party held in the hotel premises on Friday. Since then she was not seen or heard.

Reports suggest that the teen left her home at around 11:30 p.m. Friday for a party at the hotel at 54440 North River Road, Rosemont. The last time she made contacts with any of her family members was at midnight when her unnamed sister received a text message. It was at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.


In the meantime there are reports of people meeting the 19-year old woman, Kenneka Jenkins, during the part that was held on the 9th floor. The party continued till the wee hours on Saturday morning. Nonetheless her friends grew suspicious when they couldn’t locate her in the party. They informed her family members about her sudden disappearance.

The same day, her family members approached the police and registered a missing person’s report. Rosemont police contacted the Crowne Plaza about the missing woman, and hotel employees began a search.

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.”

Meanwhile the teenager’s mother Tereasa Martin, said police told her Jenkins apparently went into the freezer after getting drunk and died inside. An autopsy was performed Sunday, said Becky Schlikerman, spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, but till now it was not certain if there was any foul play involved in her disappearance.

“(I’m) horrified…It’s something that no one could ever imagine. It’s unbelievable”, said the victim’s mother.

The family rues the fact that there was delay in beginning the search for her daughter, otherwise she might have been alive now. Her mother says that she went straight to the hotel around 5 a.m. Saturday to try to find her daughter. She asked the hotel staff to check the surveillance video, but was told that they needed a missing persons report from police before they could start reviewing surveillance video of the premises. Even the police asked her to wait for a few hours before filing a missing person’s report.

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