On September 10, 2017, authorities found the body of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins inside a hotel freezer. Jenkins had been attending a party with some friends at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel in the Rosemont neighborhood of Chicago when she wandered off in the early hours of September 10. It would take nearly 24 hours for investigators to discover her body.
The story of Jenkins's death soon went viral on social media, leading to speculation about the circumstances surrounding her death and the possibility of foul play. Video footage showed a seemingly intoxicated Jenkins wandering through the hotel, though her friends claimed she had only one glass of cognac that night. The unsettling security footage and instant media attention also drew comparisons to the 2013 death of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel.
Although authorities officially ruled Kenneka Jenkins's death an accident, friends and family still question what happened to her years later.
Kenneka Jenkins Was Attending A Party At A Hotel When Her Friends Lost Track Of Her
Jenkins Appeared To Be Intoxicated In Hotel Security FootageVideo: YouTube
Jenkins Did Not Appear To Be Impaired In Any Of The Social Media Videos Taken The Night She Disappeared
Jenkins's Mother, Teresa Martin, Asked The Hotel For Help, But They Reportedly Referred Her To The Police
Police Did Not Take A Missing Person Report Until 1 pm
Authorities Didn't Find Jenkins's Body For Nearly 24 Hours