Chicago Teen Found Dead in Hotel Freezer, Cops Scan Facebook


Here is everything we know so far about the tragic death of Kenneka Jenkins. Jenkins was pronounced dead at 12:48 the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located at 5440 N. River Rd., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Her body was not discovered until almost 24 hours later after the family repeatedly contacted the hotel and police, at one point knocking on doors until officers stopped them. Her mother, Tereasa Martin, tells reporters her daughter left home Friday for a party at the hotel in Rosemont, near O'Hare International Airport.

"Yes, they've looked at it and continue to look at it and all the other social media videos and posts", Rosemont spokesman Gary Mack told the Tribune on Monday.

Martin has lashed out at authorities and hotel staff, who she accused of waiting too long to review surveillance footage. It's unclear if Jenkins tried to get out of the freezer, but there is an exit button meant to open the door if it gets shut behind someone accidentally. A search was begun around 1:30 p.m. after the family said it was allowed to file a missing persons report. However, a Facebook Live video which has now gone viral is offering police clues to Jenkins prior to her death.

However, on a GoFundMe page asking for donations to offset funeral costs, a writer who identifies as Martin suggests it may not have been just a tragic accident. They are also looking into the Facebook Live video that some believe shows Jenkins with friends on the night of the party.

Meanwhile Jenning's friends and family have started a petition to try to close down the Crowne Plaza Hotel -- that petition already has more than 33,000 signatures. She said one of her daughter's "good friends" is seen in the video. Once the friends came back to the hallway, Jenkins had vanished. "But I asked them 'Can I see my daughter?' Why I can't see how she died?"

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"I have an idea that something might have happened", she said. Her friends called up the parents at around 4:30 am to inform that they could not find her.

According to Martin, police told their family that Jenkins was spotted on surveillance video, drunk and staggering, early Saturday.

The video has been viewed millions of times and shared all over social media, and many believe some form of foul play happened in the room, however, police have yet to confirm this. The other side of the hotel room can be seen in the girl's glasses.

They're also reviewing all footage of cameras from inside the hotel and videos reportedly posted on social media.

"They are leaving no stone unturned as far as trying to corral everyone they can and talk to them and interview them about what happened and what was going on that night", said Mack.

The Cook County medical examiner's office conducted an autopsy but can not confirm a cause of death or if any foul play was at hand.