19-Year-Old Woman Found Dead in a Hotel Freezer

The Cause of Death, Or Why Kenneka Jenkins Was in the Freezer Has Not Been Disclosed

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19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins

Police are investigating the death of a young woman found in a Rosemont, Ilinois hotel walk-in freezer. Investigators are looking at a video that appeared on social media and other pictures that were posted on Facebook. Most of the people depicted in the images have been identified and are being questioned.

The cause of death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins has not been announced by the police or why she was in a freezer in a vacant area of the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center.

Her family had been in continuous contact with the hotel management after they ascertained she was missing. But her body was not discovered until nearly 24 hours later. Ms. Jenkins was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m. Sunday, according to the medical examiner’s office.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “Jenkins’ mother said she was told by police that her daughter possibly put herself in the freezer while drunk and died inside. An autopsy Sunday afternoon failed to determine a cause of death, and the medical examiner’s office said it was awaiting toxicology tests and further investigation by police.”


We find the video disturbing and have serious questions about whether Ms. Jenkins voluntarily placed herself in the freezer.  Like others, we will wait for the autopsy and additional forensic evidence.

UPDATE: The Cook County medical examiner ruled Jenkins’ death an accident. She died of hypothermia, the medical examiner said, with alcohol and topiramate intoxication – a prescription drug used to treat epilepsy and migraines – as significant contributing factors. Police said they have not found any evidence to contradict the medical examiner’s findings.

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