Teen found dead in hotel freezer
A teen was found dead in a hotel freezer after she was reported missing over the weekend.
Kenneka Jenkins, 19, was found by authorities inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in suburban Chicago and pronounced dead after being sent to the hospital.
“(I’m) horrified,” said the victim’s mother, Teresa Martin. “It’s something that no one could ever imagine. It’s unbelievable.”
Jenkins was reportedly seen partying on the ninth floor of the hotel before leaving her phone with friends and finding the walk-in freezer. Police believe she may have drunkenly trapped herself inside and froze to death before hotel staff could find her.
After Martin reported her missing, hotel staff searched the facility but did not think to look inside the freezer because it “is not an area where anyone would typically be.”
Said Jenkins’ distraught mother: “If they had taken me seriously and checked right away, they could have found my daughter much sooner and she might have been alive.”