Kenneka L. Jenkins death: Woman's body found in hotel freezer after party

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The body of a young woman has been found in a hotel freezer after attending a party.

Kenneka L. Jenkins, 19, was found dead in the walk-in freezer at just after midnight on Sunday in the high-rise hotel near to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

She had left home to meet friends at the hotel, the Crowne Plaza Rosemont, and was last seen on the ninth floor hallway, witnesses said. Later her friends could not find her and called her mother, Teresa Martin.

Ms Martin has since accused police officers of not acting fast enough after her daughter’s disappearance was first reported.

In a family interview to journalists following the teenager’s mysterious death, Ms Martin said: “To me, I feel like they helped kill my child: the police department.”

She claimed police told her to wait before filing a missing person report, the Washington Post reported.

Police spokesman Detective Joe Balogh told the newspaper that police are speaking to people who were with Miss Jenkins on that night.

He said officers were following procedures during their investigation.

The spokesman added: “Anything further regarding what happened, in terms of her mother, we’re not really saying much about that.”

Officers have identified people in a video clip circulating on social media, showing Miss Jenkins and others listening to loud music, and said they are reviewing surveillance footage and social media posts shared online.

A post-mortem examination was carried out but is inconclusive.

It is not known whether there were signs of trauma on Miss Jenkins’ body.


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