Police Investigate Viral Video That Amplified Kenneka Jenkins' Death

Woman Found Dead In Walk-In Freezer At Rosemont Hotel

Kenneka Jenkins was found dead on Sunday, September 9, inside a walk-in freezer in Rosemont, Illinois, after partying with friends at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center.

Martin contacted hotel and police shortly thereafter, but her daughter's body wasn't discovered until some 20 hours after she said she first contacted hotel staff.

Martin said she knows her daughter attended a party in a room there Friday night with a group of friends, but the friends, whose stories she says have changed quite a bit since that night, came back home the next morning with Jenkins's vehicle and cell phone but not Jenkins.

An autopsy conducted Sunday ruled that Jenkins' cause of death was pending further studies, according to the medical examiner's office, and an investigation into Jenkins' death remained ongoing. Had they done so sooner, Martin said, they may have located her daughter before she died. Gary Mack, a spokesman for the village of Rosemont spoke with the Chicago Tribune and said police have identified everyone in the video.

"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".

The video - which has been viewed more than 3 million views - features a woman periodically talking on the phone and smoking in mirrored sunglasses talking to the camera.

A 19-year-old girl was found dead in a hotel freezer over the weekend.

Jenkins' mother, Teresa Martin, reportedly got a call from her daughters' friends around 4 a.m. on Saturday in which they said they had lost track of Kenneka and left.

The mysterious death of a Chicago teenager at a local hotel has angered her family and friends, some of whom are demanding that the hotel be closed. 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.

However, Martin does not believe the police's account. She said she wanted to kill herself. "I don't think anything has been ruled in or ruled out at this point", said Mack.

Holmes described the video police said they have come across during the course of their investigation. "Maybe there was something wrong, but I asked God, not death".

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

Staff in an IL hotel made a tragic discovery Sunday when they stumbled upon the body of a teenage girl. But now she questions whether her daughter, if indeed inebriated, could have summoned the strength and coordination to open the freezer's heavy door.

Police have also declined to disclose whether Jenkins' body showed signs of trauma.



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