Police in Rosemont, Illinois are rejecting pleas to call in the FBI in the case of Kenneka Jenkins.
Newsweek reports the Chief of Police has said the death of the 19-year-old who was found dead in a hotel freezer will remain investigated at the local level, despite the fact that Jenkins' family and others want federal assistance.
“This investigation has been and remains the utmost priority for us,” said Chief Donald Stephens III. “Throughout this investigation we have used any and all outside agencies necessary to complete a thorough investigation and will continue to do so as needed."
Rosemont authorities also shared that 25 people have been questioned, including 16 who were at the Crowne Plaza Hotel party Jenkins was last seen alive at. They added that two social media videos have been sent to a private lab for further investigation, and they've ordered Facebook to preserve evidence, plus obtained search warrants for two Facebook accounts relevant to the probe.
Jenkins' friends have posted videos and updates on the night of the party and following her disappearance, sparking accusations and rumors that they may have been involved in her death.
Yesterday, surveillance video from the hotel was released. In the clip, Jenkins is seen stumbling in the hallway. Although her body was found in a freezer, there is no video released showing her actually walking into the freezer.
Some reports claim that the teen was inebriated or under the influence of powerful narcotics. Others theorize that her friends, who were in possession of her car, may have been involved in foul play.
With so many unanswered questions and speculation, the teen's family wants the FBI to investigate. They have called for a federal probe into her mysterious death.
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