Sunday 24 September 2017

Family of Chicago teen found dead in hotel freezer left with questions after mysterious death

Kenneka Jenkins, 19, died in mysterious circumstances in a Chicago hotel

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Andrew deGrandpre

Authorities in suburban Chicago are investigating a young woman's mysterious death over the weekend, after she was discovered in a hotel freezer.

Kenneka L. Jenkins, 19, was found dead inside an industrial walk-in freezer at Rosemont's Crowne Plaza around midnight on Sunday, more than 24 hours after leaving her home on Chicago's West Side to party with friends at the hotel and conference centre near O'Hare International Airport.

“To me, I feel like they helped kill my child: the police department and this hotel,” Teresa Martin, Jenkins' mother, told local media.

She said neither the authorities nor the hotel's staff did enough to address her repeated pleas for help.

An autopsy performed on the young woman to determine how she died  but proved inconclusive, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

Jenkins' mother said authorities told her the freezer, though in a vacant part of the hotel complex, was functioning the paper is reporting.

Investigations are ongoing into the murder and witnesses are being interviewed and content posted on social media is also being examined.

Included in the social media evidence is a video made during the party.

Jenkins was last seen on the Crowne Plaza's ninth floor, witnesses told police. When friends were unable to find her before leaving the party, they phoned Jenkins' mother.

According to the Washington Post the victim's mother has questioned the circumstances surrounding her daughter's disappearance but police have offered only limited comment on the case to date.

Independent News Service

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