No Video Exists of Teen Walking Into Freezer Where Body Was Found, Cops Say
No camera was trained on the freezer cops say Kenneka Jenkins walked into prior to her death.
Demands by the family of Kenneka Jenkins to see the teen actually enter the walk-in freezer where her body was found have not yet been answered.
And that's because one doesn't exist, according to authorities investigating the 19-year-old's sad demise at an Illinois hotel.
Cops say there was no camera pointed at the unused kitchen freezer where Jenkins was found earlier this month after a hotel room party.
Last week, police released footage that shows the Chicago teen stumbling through the Crowne Plaza in Rosemont.
Her mother then demanded to see the actual moment she opened the door amid widespread speculation that the possibly intoxicated teen would not have been able to open the freezer on her own.
Police hope the footage will put to rest any fears that foul play was involved. In the video, the seemingly intoxicated teen can be seen stumbling into a kitchen area.
"Despite request for all evidence, we have only been provided snippets of video, none of which shows Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer," an attorney for the family said in a statement. "The family has not been provided any video or other evidence of Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer."
The family has previously questioned the police department's version of events in which Jenkins was alone when she entered the freezer.
Speculation also surrounded a Facebook Live video in which the teen can purportedly be seen prior to her death.
Some viewers of the Facebook video say they are able to hear a woman screaming in the video.
Jenkins' mother, Teresa Martin, has remained especially visible since her daughter's death began making headlines, in part because she felt like faster reaction on the part of authorities following her disappearance might have made a difference.
Martin says she showed up at the hotel herself to try to find her in the hours after she didn't come home. "I said could somebody please look into the cameras to see if they see my daughter in the hotel...manager said there's nothing we can do," she told reporters at a press conference.
Twenty-four hours later, after filing a missing persons report, the family got the news Jenkins was found dead in the unused freezer.
The hotel later released a statement saying, "The Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center holds the safety, security and well-being of our guests and employees as our top priority and concern.
"We are saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the young woman and her family during this difficult time. The hotel staff will continue to cooperate fully with local authorities. All further questions should be directed to the Rosemont Police Department."
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