Body of Teen Girl Found in Hotel Freezer

Frederick Owens
September 12, 2017

"To me, I feel like they helped kill my child: the police department and this hotel", Teresa Martin, Jenkins' mother, told local media during a raw, emotional interview alongside other family members.

An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted Sunday, according to the medical examiner's office, and an investigation into Jenkins' death remained ongoing. Police have not released that video.

Investigators told the family it's believed that the 19-year-old stumbled into an employee lounge and got into an unused freezer.

It also remains unclear how Jenkins was found and who discovered her body.

"Yes, they've looked at it and continue to look at it and all the other social media videos and posts", Mack said "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". He told the Chicago Tribune investigators are reviewing the footage and that most of the people seen in the video have been identified.

The clip has fueled speculation online that the young woman's death was no accident, with skeptics endeavoring to decode the video and surface clues that point to a potential setup. She and her friends partied on the ninth floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. The friends also had the teen's cell phone. Jenkins is reflected in the sunglasses she's wearing and show where she was sitting inside the hotel room.

Martin has lashed out at authorities and hotel staff, who she accused of waiting too long to review surveillance footage.

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Jenkins left her house on Chicago's West Side to attend the party with friends at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, according to police.

"In law enforcement this kind of social media has become king, so everybody with a camera is a reporter now, and they're just taking it in stride as best they can", Mack said. She was reported missing later that day. Had they done so sooner, Martin said, they may have located her daughter before she died.

"Why can't I see my daughter?" "She was holding on to the wall", Martin told WGN.

"I said, can I see how my baby lying down there and how she died?"

Tereasa Martin, the mother of Kenneka Jenkins, is furious with the Rosemont, Chicago police over the way they initially handled the death investigation for her daughter. 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.

Balogh, the police spokesman, told The Post that officers were following procedures while securing the crime scene and interacting with Jenkins' family at the hotel.

On top of that, when she asked for the names and badge numbers of the police sergeant and the detective handling the case, they initially refused to give them to her.

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