Kenneka Jenkins, 19, found dead in a freezer at a Chicago area hotel

via @KennekaJenkins Facebook

A teenager was found dead after attending a party at a hotel in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, Kenneka Jenkins left her home around 11 p.m. on Sept. 9 to attend a party at the Crowne Plaza near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

After partying with friends for a few hours, Jenkins reportedly went missing. Shortly after 4 a.m., Jenkins’ friends called her mother, Teresa Martin, to let her know that they did not know where she was. When Martin arrived, hotel management would not allow her to see the surveillance video from the hotel until she got an official missing person report from police. When Martin was able to obtain the necessary documents, police reviewed footage and claimed that Jenkins was not spotted on the footage.

Martin left the hotel and returned with several friends and family members who knocked on hotel doors and asked guests if they had seen the missing teenage girl. Those actions led to hotel management calling police on Martin. When police arrived, one officer listened to Martin’s story and decided to look at the video again.

After viewing the video for the second time, police said they spotted Jenkins staggering while walking near the front desk of the hotel. Hours after viewing the video, Jenkins was eventually found dead in a freezer.

Jenkins’ mother was puzzled by the discovery. The freezer was located in an area that is usually blocked off from hotel guests because construction is occurring in the area. Also, Jenkins’ friends have given several conflicting stories of when she initially went missing from the party. And Martin believes that the freezer door would have been too heavy for Jenkins to open if she was inebriated.

Police initially said that it doesn’t appear that foul play was involved in Jenkins’ death. However, an investigation of her death will continue in the upcoming days.

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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    1. Well, it sounds like Kenneka and her friends had probably been a bit rowdy the night before. They may have also had some suspicions about what a young local girl was doing at a party in their hotel…

  1. What I don’t understand is why the police said it don’t appear to be foul play.? Well what do they think happen. The hotel freezer was apparently to heavy for her to open, so someone had to have seen her drunk and put her there. FOUL PLAY!!!!!!

  2. There’s a live on her “friend” Monifah’s page. The main girl is Irene Roberts and she works at the hotel. Every part in this is suspect as hell. This seems like a set up to me.

  3. She ends up in a freezer that’s not accessible to the general public and she’s inebriated!!. It’s hard enough to get your legs to find a restroom and sit on the toilet in that condition let alone to manuver to an off limit area and voluntarily get into a Freezer?! F*k outta here!!! they need more people

  4. parent set this action by leaving girls home alone for years and when she turn to a legal age 19 up she start hanging in the streets with random men , someone may have rapped her and to hide evidence put her in that freezer where are the cameras in that areas someone knew there were no cameras from the fornt door to the freezer location someone had knowledge of the hotel exits and killed her and exited the back areas of the hotel

  5. Who arrives at a hotel party at 11:30pm? Maybe she was killed by someone just trying to get some sleep.

    Seriously, though, I think it is more likely that one of her friends or one of the other party-goers killed her.

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