Police from Rosemont, Illinois have released new photographs depicting how 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a hotel freezer last month. Even though police closed the case, the graphic photos appear to be raising even more questions about the teen’s mysterious death.
The Rosemont Police Department have released all photographs to the public, “with the exception of a few select photographs they wished to share with the family before they were released,” according to NBC New York. The photographs show portions of Jenkins’ body exposed. Her head was tucked into a corner. She was found lying on the floor, which was littered with garbage and ice.
“The photos … depict how Kenneka was found after being in a freezer for more than 20 hours,” attorney Sam Adam Jr. said in a statement. Attorney Larry Rogers Jr. stated that the images "raise more questions about what happened to Kenneka Jenkins than they answer.”
The teen's family has continued to push for answer's in her death, and for information as for how she entered the freezer on her own. Police have released footage of Jenkins stumbing around the hotel but claim that video of her entering the freezer doesn't exist.
Police have also released 200 other documents, 911 calls and video surveillance, according to Newsweek.
Adam said requests for footage showing Jenkins going into the freezer have “not been forthcoming.”
Jenkins’ death has attracted nationwide attention and numerous conspiracy theories. She was was found dead in the hotel’s industrial walk-in freezer after attending a party on the ninth floor of the hotel with friends.
A medical examiner's office said her death was due to hypothermia from "cold exposure in a walk-in freezer." "Ethanol and topiramate intoxication” contributed to her tragic death, the findings concluded. Topiramate is medication used for epilepsy and migraine treatment. According to CNN, an autopsy found stomach lesions consistent with hypothermia. Her death has been ruled an accident.
Toxicology results revealed that the topiramate in the teen’s system matched normal prescription levels. However, she was never prescribed the drug. Test results also showed that Jenkins had a high level of alcohol in her system. That combined with the topiramate could have made her disoriented, according to the medical examiner’s office.
"When combined, the effect of either or both drugs is enhanced. Topiramate, like alcohol, can cause dizziness, impaired memory, impaired concentration, poor coordination, confusion and impaired judgment. Central nervous system depression, or impairment, combined with cold exposure can hasten the onset of hypothermia and death," a release from the medical office said.
Jenkins’ death sparked -- and continues to spark -- speculation of foul play.
Numerous protests were held outside the hotel following her mysterious death. Her mother Tereasa Martin initially told WGNTV, "I believe someone in this hotel killed my child.”
Surveillance footage from the hotel and Facebook Live videos of the party fueled conspiracy theories of her death online.
On Friday, police announced they were closing the case.
[Photo: Facebook, Rosemont Public Safety Department]
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