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Breaking News Live: Photos Of Kenneka Jenkins In The Freezer & Police Close Case! Your Thoughts? (Video)

Breaking News Live: Photos Of Kenneka Jenkins In The Freezer & Police Close Case! Your Thoughts? (Video)

by October 20, 2017 0 comments

OK So The Case Is Closed, But Should It Be?

By: Tommy “Tj” Sotomayor

Surveillance video, police audio and newly released police reports provide the fullest account yet of the events leading up to Kenneka Jenkins’ death in a Rosemont hotel freezer:

• Sept. 8, 11:30 p.m.: Kenneka Jenkins leaves her West Side home in her mother’s car with friends. At first they plan to go to a movie, but instead decide to head to the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont to attend another friend’s birthday party. On the way to the hotel, they stop to buy a Bluetooth speaker, a bottle of Hennessy Cognac, some energy drink and some marijuana, the friends later told police.

• Sept. 9, about 1:15 a.m.: Jenkins enters the hotel with three other females.

• Sept. 9, approximately 1:30 a.m.: Jenkins sends a text message to her sister, according to police reports. The family says that’s the last time they hear from her directly.

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• Sept. 9, 1:36 a.m.: A Facebook livestream video appears to show the party in a ninth-floor hotel room. The video, now viewed by millions, features a woman in mirrored sunglasses talking to the camera. Reflected in her glasses is the other side of the hotel room, where Jenkins appears to be sitting.

• Sept. 9, 2:17 a.m.: Jenkins posts a Snapchat video that appears to show her in a hotel bathroom, according to what her sister told police. Friends say there were about 30 people at the party and that Jenkins spent the time talking with friends, drinking and sometimes dancing.

• Sept. 9, around 3 a.m.: As friends prepare to leave the party, Jenkins realizes she’s missing some belongings, including her phone. She stands in the hallway by a ninth-floor elevator while her friends go back to the room to look for her belongings, according to police report. A friend said it took about 10 or 15 minutes; when they returned to the hallway, Jenkins was gone.

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• Sept. 9, about 3:10 a.m.: One of Jenkins’ friends returns to the hotel and is told by other friends that Jenkins is missing. They began searching the hotel for her about 3:30 a.m. and search until sometime between 5 and 6 a.m., the friend tells police.

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• Sept. 9, 3:25 to 3:32 a.m.: Surveillance video later shows Jenkins staggering around the hotel by herself, bumping into walls and a stair railing. She is seen lurching through an empty kitchen, disappears around a corner is never seen alive again. Investigators later learn the door to the freezer in which Jenkins was found — actually a freezer within another freezer — shuts automatically but, from the inside, the door latch can be activated by pushing a white, circular handle.

• Sept. 9, about 4 a.m.: Jenkins’ friend calls her mother to ask if she’s arrived home and let her know Jenkins cannot be found at the hotel.

• Sept. 9, about 5 a.m.: Jenkins’ friends return to her mother’s home with her mother’s car, according to a police report. Friends tell the family they lost Jenkins at the hotel and left after searching for her.

Kenneka Jenkins, 19, was discovered inside an industrial freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont in September where she had been attending a party with friends.


• Sept. 9, about 7:15 a.m.: Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, calls Rosemont police from the parking lot. By now she and other relatives and friends have been at the hotel for at least an hour, seeking answers about Jenkins. During the call, the dispatcher suggests to Martin that she wait a couple of hours, go home and relax and see if her daughter shows up, and advises her to come back to police if there’s no sign of her. Martin expresses her concerns that her daughter has been drinking. She also asks why her daughter would leave her cellphone behind if she’s OK.

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• Sept. 9, 1:16 p.m.: Police enter Jenkins into the Law Enforcement Automated Data System, or LEADS, as a missing person and begin searching the hotel.

• Sept. 9, 8:29 p.m.: Officers are dispatched to the hotel after an employee reports that a Jenkins family member is knocking on doors looking for her. After arriving, police ask to view surveillance videos and are shown the video of Jenkins entering the hotel. Police also check Room 926, where the party took place, and a nearby stairwell, and report nothing suspicious. The hotel staff continues to review surveillance videos. Officers leave the hotel but tell family to contact them with any helpful information.

• Sept. 10, 12:23 a.m.: A hotel worker walks through the empty kitchen, goes into the corner where the freezer is located, just outside of the camera’s view, and then summons a police officer, according to surveillance video. Jenkins is discovered in a cooler inside a freezer, lying on her side with her face down. One of her shoes is off. A paramedic finds no cardiac activity and says her body is frozen.

• Sept. 10, 12:48 a.m.: Jenkins is pronounced dead.

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• Sept. 10, about 1:15 a.m.: Police bring Jenkins’ mother, who is at the hotel with about 20 of Jenkins’ friends and relatives, into a conference room to inform her that Jenkins has been found dead.

• Sept. 10, 4:52 a.m.: Jenkins’ covered body is removed from the freezer on a stretcher. She is wheeled into the empty kitchen, where a worker places a blanket over her and removes the covering from her head and face.

• Sept. 10, 5:07 a.m.: Jenkins’ mother and sister, escorted by officials, enter the kitchen to identify the body. They are taken around the corner, outside of the camera frame, to view the freezer where Jenkins was found.

Nearly a month later, the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled that Jenkins’ death was accidental and caused by hypothermia and exposure to cold, with alcohol intoxication, and the presence of a prescription drug used for treating migraines and epilepsy, listed as significant contributing factors.

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Her family has filed legal papers seeking to stop the hotel owners and operators from destroying any evidence in the case. The filing contends that the hotel staff knew about the party going on in the hotel room, and also that padlocks that could have prevented her access to the freezer were present but not in use.

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