Kenneka Jenkins, Teen Girl Found In Chicago Hotel Freezer, Honored On Birthday
Kenneka Jenkins, the teen girl who was found dead in a walk-in freezer in a Chicago hotel, would’ve turned 20 this past Sunday.
A number of loved ones took to the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont to celebrate Jenkins’ birthday on Sunday, according to a report from ABC 7. The teen’s body was found in the hotel last September.
The death took place after Jenkins left her house to attend a party at the hotel. Witnesses reportedly told police they saw Jenkins at a party on the ninth floor of the hotel. Then, around 4 a.m., Martin received a call from Jenkins’ friends telling her that they had lost track of the teen and could not find her. The friends also said that they were in the car Jenkins had used to get to the party and they had her phone.
Police officers ended up finding her body in the hotel freezer the following day. Following that, an autopsy was conducted and the teen’s death had been declared an accident. The toxicology report found alcohol, caffeine and epilepsy/migraine medication in Jenkins’ system.
Tereasa Martin, Jenkins’ mother, wanted the FBI to investigate her daughter’s death. However, a spokesman for the FBI Chicago field office said that the FBI wouldn’t open its own probe unless requested but it would support “our local and federal law enforcement partners” in their investigations.
Source: ABC 7