Teenager Found Dead In Hotel Freezer Goes Viral In Facebook Video


After 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was found dead inside a Chicago hotel freezer, an alleged video from the hotel party surfaces. Now, Rosemont Police are investigating the video believing it’s linked to the case.

Chicago native, Kenneka Jenkins was found dead at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, on September 10th, after she went to a party at the hotel with friends on September 9th.

Jenkins was found inside a hotel freezer after searching for her for hours, and was pronounced dead shortly after. According the official police press release, when Jenkins was found, she was deemed “beyond the point of resuscitation.” Details surrounding her death are still unknown, but people on social media believe there is more to the story. A video, allegedly from the hotel party Jenkins was at is going viral because people believe it could provide answers into the teen’s death. [see video below]

Now, the viral Facebook LIVE video is part of an active investigation. Rosemont Public Safety Department Detective Joe Balogh gave this statement:

“This is an active investigation. Our detectives have been working and interviewing everyone involved and trying to get all of the names of the people who were involved at the hotel, and who were around that night. Detectives are currently reviewing any and all footage from around the area of the hotel, as well as reviewing social media. I know there’s been social media stuff, including Facebook, and we’ve been on top of that. Our detectives are analyzing everything in that Facebook LIVE video, anyone associated with it and the people involved in that video and making sure it’s being looked at, as well as all of the comments on social media, including Facebook. We have received calls about people thinking we aren’t looking through social media, but we are analyzing everything and making sure everything gets thoroughly looked at. Right now, we are waiting on the medical examiner results so we can go from there.”
Balogh did not confirm the video was from the hotel party Jenkins attended, and did not confirm the identity of the woman in the video. Jenkins’ mother, Teresa Martin, is not happy with the way the incident is being handled by authorities and the hotel. There are only a few small details about Jenkins’ death that have been released, and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says “the cause and manner of death is pending further studies.”
It took more than 24-hours to find Jenkins’ body. Police told her mother Tereasa that Jenkins appeared on hotel surveillance footage around 3:20 a.m., and appeared to be “staggering drunk” near the front desk. Around 1:00 a.m. on September 10th, Tereasa was informed that the 19-year-old’s body was discovered in the hotel’s walk-in freezer.
Here is the video in question:

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