Police Reports Reveal New Details Into Kenneka Jenkins' Mysterious Death

Lester Mason
October 21, 2017

Lawyers for Kenneka Jenkins' mother say police photographs of the scene of her death "raise more questions than answers".

According to a number of police reports, a worker at Rosemont's Crowne Plaza O'Hare Hotel discovered the teen lying face down on her side inside the industrial walk-in freezer.

-At 12:46 p.m., Jenkins' sister files a missing-persons report at the Rosemont police station.

The statement also said, "While there were many theories, rumors and much speculation floating around social media regarding the death of Ms. Jenkins, none were supported with facts". "While all leads and theories were investigated by our department, what we have reported throughout the investigation and again, today, are the facts".

Rosemont has officially closed its investigation into the death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, classifying the incident as an accidental death. Hotel employees made the grisly discovery 24 hours after she disappeared while attending a party in the building.

However, motion-sensor cameras in the kitchen indicate no one else went into the freezer area of the kitchen for days prior to (and after) Jenkins entered the kitchen, until the time her body was discovered, according to police reports and surveillance video. On police dispatch tapes, an officer who first went into the cooler said Jenkins was "frozen solid".

The Cook County medical examiner's office ruled Jenkins' death an accident. Toxicology tests detected alcohol and topiramate, an epilepsy/migraine medication, in the woman's system, which contributed to her death, the M.E.'s office said.

While the death investigation is closed, Rosemont police continue to investigate identity theft and fraudulent credit card use that led to the September 9 party attended by Jenkins and over 30 other people.

Instead, police told them the reports, photos and videos would be released publicly on Friday, "with the exception of a few select photographs they wished to share with the family before they were released", attorneys said, describing them as being "of a personal, private and indecent nature".

"Frankly, the photos depicting how Kenneka was found raise more questions about what happened to Kenneka Jenkins than they answer", attorney Larry Rogers Jr said in the news release. "The pictures are graphic and disturbing images and inexplicably show portions of her body exposed". In Friday's court filing, Martin's attorneys disclosed that Jenkins' body had no signs of physical trauma - including no signs of sexual assault. The high-tech image of the kitchen layout, the chief explained, would provide accurate measurements of the room and "in the event this kitchen is ever remodeled or changed, the location of items and the layout will be documented".

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