Last footsteps of teen dead in freezer
US police have released hotel surveillance video showing Kenneka Jenkins’s last known footsteps through a Crowne Plaza outside Chicago last weekend, when the teen staggered in the early morning hours through empty halls and a deserted kitchen — towards the freezer she would be found dead inside nearly 24 hours later.
Rosemont police announced they had interviewed more than two dozen people in the case. It doesn’t explain how the 19-year-old died. Nor has its release satisfied Jenkins’ family, who have accused police and hotel staff of wasting hours that might have saved her life.
But the footage helps stitch together the most complete timeline yet of what happened in the hotel on September 10 — a day that began with a crowded party in an upper-floor room and ended with a grim discovery in the kitchen.
Two days before the death footage shows unnamed people walking into the lobby of the Crowne Plaza, near Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and speaking with someone at the front desk. In a statement accompanying the video’s release, police said the party was booked by two people using a stolen identity and a fraudulent credit card. Jenkins is shown with three other women apparently on their way to a party on a floor above.
Police are now studying socialmedia videos that appear to have been made at that party. One posted to Facebook appears to show Jenkins listening to music in the room. Police said more than 30 people were at the party, about half of whom have since been identified and interviewed, while the rest are being sought.
Jenkins was last seen on the Crowne Plaza’s ninth floor. The teen’s mother told reporters that her friends said they left her alone in the hall to retrieve her car keys and phone from a room and never saw her again.
Jenkins is shown on videostaggering through halls with no one else in sight. She makes her way into an empty kitchen. Police said they took a missing-person report, but the first attempts to find Jenkins failed. The family’s lawyers blame authorities for ignoring early pleas for help.