A 19-year-old woman was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at a Chicago Rosemont hotel, on Sunday morning.
Kenneka Jenkins had gone missing on Saturday from a party that she attended with friends. According to the victim’s mother, Teresa Martin, Kenneka left home around 11:30 p.m. claiming they were going to a show and bowling. Instead, she and her friends attended a party in a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont.
The teenager was last seen on the ninth floor at 1.30 a.m. on Saturday, around the same time she last used her phone to text her sister. After 4 a.m., Martin received a phone call from her daughter’s horrified friends, saying they had lost track of Kenneka in the hotel and left after they were unable to find her. The friends stated that they were in Kenneka’s car and they had her cellphone.
The hotel’s video footage shows Kenneka staggering drunk near the hotel’s front desk. Her friends told her mother that the three of them were getting ready to leave the party but realized that Kenneka had left her phone and car keys back in the hotel room. She stayed in the hallway while the friends said they retrieved her stuff. But when they got back to the hallway she was gone. ?
Ms Martin expressed her doubts about the friends’ accounts of what really happened that night since their “stories continued to change over and over.” According to Ms. Martin, police said Jenkins had let herself into the freezer while drunk, and died inside. But she questioned their claims, insisting her daughter would have struggled to open the freezer door if she was drunk.
Ms Martin added: “Those were double steel doors, she didn’t just pop them open.”
Although an autopsy has been performed, it has not yet been made clear if she died also because of foul play. The police are investigating the incident to find out what really happened to Kenneka Jenkins on Saturday night.