Teen found dead in ho­tel freezer

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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.”

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