Young Woman, 19, Found Dead in Freezer

Young Woman, 19, Found Dead in Freezer

Jenkins' mother said Sunday she was told by police that her daughter apparently let herself into the freezer while drunk and died inside.

After the hotel referred her to police, Martin said she called 911, and dispatchers told her to wait a few more hours because Jenkins could be out with friends.

Kenneka, 19, was found dead around 1 a.m. on Sunday inside a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Cook County Medical examiner's office performed an autopsy Sunday, but it wasn't immediately clear whether foul play was suspected, according to Becky Schlikerman, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. Her sister said that she received a text message from Jenkins at about 1:30 a.m.

A spokesman for the Rosemont police, Detective Joe Balogh, told The Washington Post on Monday that investigators are interviewing others who were with Jenkins at the hotel, and reviewing surveillance footage and various social media posts that have circulated since the incident.

"Yes, they've looked at it and continue to look at it and all the other social media videos and posts", Mack said "They are leaving no stone unturned as far as trying to corral everyone they can and talk to them and interview them about what happened and what was going on that night".

The video has been viewed millions of times, with people taking to social media to speculate what happened regarding the teen's death. Jenkins' friends said they had all been drinking and using drugs in one of the hotel rooms, police said.

The clip has fueled speculation online that the young woman's death was no accident, with skeptics endeavoring to decode the video and surface clues that point to a potential setup.

Meanwhile Jenning's friends and family have started a petition to try to close down the Crowne Plaza Hotel -- that petition already has more than 33,000 signatures. The title read, "Best friend of Kenneka Jenkins attempting suicide on camera". If her daughter was drunk, she said, she would have had a hard time opening the freezer door on her own.

"I don't think anything has been ruled in or ruled out at this point", Mack said. Investigators allowed Jenkins' sister to look at surveillance video, which showed her entering, but never leaving, the hotel. The teen's body was discovered nearly 24 hours after she went missing. "I suppose they searched everywhere", he said.

Meanwhile, Jenkins' family and Holmes pleaded with anyone who was in the hotel room that night to come forward with information. But now she questions whether her daughter, if indeed inebriated, could have summoned the strength and coordination to open the freezer's heavy door.

Jenkins' family said they have their doubts about what happened, and that they're most upset because they tried to find her shortly after she disappeared - but were unable to until it was too late.

Police have also declined to disclose whether Jenkins' body showed signs of trauma.

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