There is no video of Kenneka Jenkins walking into an industrial hotel freezer where her body was found earlier this month, according to the hotel she was found dead at.
A spokesperson for the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center told a CBS affiliate in Chicago on Tuesday that footage of the 19-year-old going into the freezer does not exist. Why? No camera in the hotel is focused on the freezer, according to the report.
Jenkins attended a party on the ninth floor of the hotel on September 8. A day and a half later her body was found. Police told family members that Jenkins likely walked into the freezer and died.
“I want to see her literally, actually walking into this freezer,” Tereasa Martin, Jenkins’ mother, stated last week. Previously, Martin told WGNTV, "I believe someone in this hotel killed my child.”
Multiple Facebook videos captured Jenkins and her friends partying in the hotel. One video, in particular, has gone viral. It appears to show Jenkins sitting on a bed in a hotel room, surrounded by others. She is visible in the reflection of the sunglasses sported by her friend filming the video.
A lot of people have also been playing amateur detective, following potential clues in social media posts and videos, and coming up with theories on her tragic death.
Police in Rosemont, Illinois have released all surveillance video received from the Crowne Plaza Hotel. In the videos, Jenkins appears to be stumbling in the hotel hallways, kitchen, and near an elevator. According to CBS2, the timecodes on the video indicate that she was wandering around the hotel by herself for about an hour. On Friday, an attorney representing Jenkins' family released a statement saying they didn’t receive any video that showed her entering the freezer.
“Despite request for all evidence, we have only been provided snippets of video, none of which shows Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer," the statement reads. "Serious questions remain as to how she ended up in a Crowne Plaza Hotel freezer and why it took a day and a half for the hotel to find Kenneka."
[Photo: Rosemont Police Department]