The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled that KENNEKA JENKINS’S death was an accident resulting from hypothermia by exposure to cold in a walk-in freezer.
The report also indicated that alcohol intoxication and use of drug normally use for epilepsy treatment had a significant contributing factors to the death
Kenneka Jenkins disappeared this time last month after attending a party at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont.
She was found almost 2 days later in a walk-in freezer, her death stirred up suspicion of conspiracies by her friends whom she attended the party with.
Surveillance videos released by police days later show Jenkins, alone, wandering through a kitchen area near the freezer not long after she disappeared.
The initial lack of information released by authorities drew activists and sparked online conspiracy theories that she was attacked and killed. The speculation was fueled by a number of videos on social media appearing to show the party and some of Jenkins’ friends.
Significantly, the autopsy report ruled out rape, a significant claim in the conspiracies that surrounded her disappearance and death.
The test found the drug TOPIRAMATE in Kenneka Jenkins’s system, an anti-epileptic drug, although the family insist she was not prescribed this drug, the coroner found a therapeutic dose level in her system.
The blood alcohol level is significantly higher than the legal driving limit. Toxicology found her blood level was 0.112, the legal driving limit is 0.08. The coroner office highlighted enhancing the effect of the alcohol intoxication and the epileptic drug.
The combination of alcohol and topiramate found in Jenkins’s blood can cause “impaired memory and concentration, poor coordination, confusion and impaired judgement,” among other adverse effects, the office said. This, plus cold exposure, could speed the onset of hypothermia and death, the medical examiner’s office said.
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