BY: Alicesa Miller
Over the past weekend, the internet has been up in a frenzy due to the mysterious death of 19-year-old teen Kenneka Jenkins from Chicago. On Friday September 9th, 2017, Kenneka was last seen by her mother around 11:30pm leaving her house to go “bowling” with some friends.
It was not until 4a.m. Saturday morning that Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, received a call from her friends using her phone, stating that she was missing and couldn’t find her when it was time for them to leave. Within that same phone call, Jenkins’ friends did mention that instead of going bowling, they went to a friend’s gathering at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.
Within the next hour, Jenkins’ mother rushed over to the hotel where she immediately faced difficulties from the hotel’s staff. When Martin asked the employees to look through the surveillance cameras, they denied her and stated that they needed a missing person’s report in order to do so. Shortly after, Martin was then denied by the police, who insisted that she should wait a few more hours until filing a report just in case she showed up.
After a long 11hour search, it wasn’t until 12:48 Sunday morning when police found Jenkins’ body in a walk in freezer in an unused area of the facility. According to the hotel’s surveillance camera, Jenkins was last seen around 3:20am drunk, stumbling near the front desk of the hotel. There’s still no evidence or footage that shows exactly how Jenkins’ body ended up in the freezer. According to the police, they believed that Jenkins’ put herself in the freezer and was unable to get out. However, the family thinks otherwise, and believes that Jenkins would definitely not be able to open the freezer doors drunk.
On Sunday, an autopsy was performed on Jenkins body, but there’s still no clear evidence surrounding her death.