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Chicago woman found dead inside hotel’s walk-in freezer

  • The body of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was discovered in a hotel walk-in freezer the day after she went to a party with friends
  • The party was at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, a suburb northwest of Chicago
  • Rosemont police have not said how she died or if foul play is suspected 
  • Her mother  Tereasa Martin said her daughter would have had difficulty opening the freezer door alone if she was drunk 

The remains of a 19-year-old Chicago woman were discovered inside a walk-in freezer at the hotel where she went to a party.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said Kenneka Jenkins was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m. Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, a suburb northwest of Chicago.

Rosemont police say hotel staff discovered Jenkins inside the walk-in freezer a short time earlier. It was running and cold but was not being used to store food. 

Kenneka Jenkins was found dead inside a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont on Sunday 

Police have not said if foul play was expected and said she was at the hotel the night before with friends for a party 

Police have not said if foul play was expected and said she was at the hotel the night before with friends for a party 

The autopsy is expected to be performed on Sunday and it is not clear if foul play was involved at this point 

Kenneka said Jenkins was last seen at a party at the hotel early Saturday and she was reported missing later that afternoon.

The woman’s mother, Tereasa Martin, told the Chicago Tribune that police informed her Jenkins apparently let herself into the freezer while drunk.

But Martin questioned this saying if her daughter was drunk, she would have struggled to open the freezer door and would have realized she was not entering an elevator or the entrance of the hotel. 

She said: ‘Those were double steel doors, she didn’t just pop them open.’

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