What started out as a mother trusting her daughter to have the pleasure to use her car for a night of teenage fun ended with a mother only having her car returned safely, but not being able to say the same about her daughter. 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, was found dead Sunday Sept.10th at 12:48 a.m in the freezer of Rosemont’s Crowne Plaza Hotel with pending questions on how she ended up in the freezer altogether. Authorities are now investigating Jenkins death to determine if any site of foul play was involved. More than 24 hours after leaving her home on Chicago’s West Side to party with friends at the hotel and conference center near O’Hare International Airport but never returning home. Teresa Jenkins ( victims mother ) said neither the authorities nor the hotel’s staff did enough to address the situation and her repeated pleas for help. During a heartbreaking interview with local media, Teresa stated: ” To me, I feel like they helped kill my child: the police department and this hotel “. It still remains unclear as to how Jenkins died. An autopsy was performed Sunday but proved blanket, officials say that it could be several weeks before toxicology results are available.
Rosemont Police have since then released few details, citing an open investigation.
It’s very unclear who found Jenkins’s body or whether there were signs of trauma. Jenkins’s mother said authorities told her the freezer, though in a vacant part of the hotel complex was functioning and cold. Detective Joe Balogh, a spokesman for the Rosemont police told The Washington Post on that investigators are interviewing others who were with Jenkins at the hotel party, and are currently reviewing surveillance of what little footage and various social media posts that have circulated since the tragic incident.
FOOTAGE ( below ) – One of what consisted of a FACEBOOK LIVE video apparently made during the party, appears to show Jenkins as well as others listening to loud music inside the hotel room. Authorities indicated that the Facebook live video is a key piece of evidence the case and they have identified most people captured in it.
The small clipping of what happened the night of Jenkins murder has sparked fire online and many speculations have been made via social media stating that her death was no accident and that foul play was definitely involved. Some stating that her friends potentially set her up for money and that she was raped but no other statements from officials have stated anything further.
Jenkins was last seen on the 9th floor of the hotel, witnesses told officials. When friends were unable to find Kenneka they not only phoned her mother but returned the car that her mother loaned her for that night.
Teresa stated that her friends told her that Kenneka disappeared after they went to look for her keys and phone and left her waiting in the hallway but since being told that stories have changed.