Police are investigating cause of death without criminal investigation at this stage.
Despite video evidence that suggests conspiracy and the discovery of an intact body, five days later, Chicago Police are yet to piece together the cause and circumstances of death.
kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago teen who went with friends to a party in a hotel and did not return, the body was discovered in the hotel walk-in freezer after frantic effort by the mother.
what was peculiar and very disturbing about her death was the widely available video, apparently a live Facebook video made by her “supposed friends”. The video suggests something was amiss. although only two girls showed their faces in the video, one very prominently, but she wore a reflective shade that clearly showed more people in the room, and a suggestion of someone been attacked by a group of boys.
The video contained intermittent inaudible conversations and alterations of the musical volume.
Although the inaudible conversations have raised questions as to what was being said and thus what happened, what was not in doubt, however, was the fact that the girls having conversations were aware of what was happening when it was happening.
WHAT IS KNOWN SO FAR FROM FAMILY AND POLICE REPORTS:
KENNEKA JENKINS WENT MISSING BETWEEN 8th & 9th September:
The teenager was last seen by her family on Friday 8th evening, before she left their home in West Side, Chicago, around 11:30 P.M. to go to a party with friends. She attended a party at the Crown Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont, a town in Cook County, Illinois.
Witnesses said that Jenkins was seen at a party on the ninth floor of the hotel, according to a statement from Rosemont Public Safety Department.
HER FRIENDS CLAIMED THEY “LOST CONTACT” WITH HER BUT IN POSSESSION OF HER CELLPHONE:
The last contact between Jenkins and her family was around 1:30 A.M. on Saturday 9th, when she spoke to her older sister, Leonore Harris. According to Jenkins mother, Tereasa Martin, in a statement to the Chicago Tribune —which broke the story—that her friends called her after 4:00 A.M. to say that they had lost Jenkins and had her cellphone. The friends were in the car that Martin had lent to Jenkins for the night.
POLICE SEARCH ONLY STARTED AFTER A MISSING PERSON REPORT WAS FILED ON SATURDAY 9th AFTERNOON:
Martin told the Tribune that she went to the hotel around 5:00 A.M. on Saturday to start looking for Jenkins, but that her search was obstructed by hotel staff, who said that police needed to issue a missing person’s report before they could start searching for her. Martin said that she called Rosemont police after 5:00 A.M. but was told to wait a few hours in case Jenkins showed up.
Jenkins was acknowledged as a missing person at approximately 1:16 P.M. on Saturday, according to Rosemont police. Hotel staff then “actively canvassed and searched the immediate area,” according to police.
KENNEKA JENKINS BODY WAS FOUND IN A WALK-IN FREEZER:
After an 11-hour search, Rosemont police said that Jenkins was located “inside a freezer” at 00:24 A.M. on Sunday 10th. She was
“beyond resuscitation and was pronounced dead on the scene.”
Martin said she was told by police that Jenkins had been spotted on hotel surveillance footage at 3:20 A.M. on Saturday “staggering” drunk near the hotel front desk. “She was so drunk—that was his exact words—she was so drunk that she couldn’t hold herself up. She was holding onto the wall,” Martin told local news network WGN, citing what she was told by police.
Martin said that police told her that Jenkins likely entered the freezer while inebriated and died inside, but the family is not convinced by the account. “The freezer door is heavy. So there’s no way. If they’re saying she’s drunk, she don’t have no strength. If she had enough strength to open that freezer door, she would have had enough strength to walk straight,” Harris, Jenkins’ sister, told WGN. Martin said that she believed her daughter had been murdered.
POLICE ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS INCLUDES REVIEW OF SOCIAL MEDIA CLIPS AS AUTOPSY FAILED TO IDENTIFY CAUSE OF DEATH:
Investigators have not disclosed detailed about the discovery of the body which was found in a walk-I freezer located in parts of the hotel under construction.
Autopsy carried out on Sunday 9th by the Cook County medical examiner’s office failed to identify cause of death.
The detective in charge of the case, Detective Joe Balogh of Rosemont Public Safety Department told Newsweek on Tuesday that
“We are reviewing footage from the hotel as well as reviewing any social media. There’s been a lot of social media posts and video comments and stuff like that that our detectives are working through to comb through that information as well,”
He also said investigators are interviewing Jenkins’ friends, including those posting videos on social media. “We are still actively investigating and interviewing the parties involved. We are trying to locate and contact anyone who was involved that night or who was on location that evening,” said Balogh.