While the Dr. Oz show has not made the full episode available online, you can watch a low video quality version of the Nancy’s appearance on the show with the family below:
CrimeOnline’s own Nancy Grace appeared on The Dr. Oz Show with Kenneka Jenkins’ sister and mother and raised more questions about the 19-year-old’s mysterious death.
Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, revealed Tuesday that police threatened to arrest her and her daughter as they frantically searched the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel for the teen. A friend desperate to find Jenkins pulled the fire alarm so they could question guests about her whereabouts, according to Newsweek.
“They came to arrest us,” Leonore Jenkins told Mehmet Oz and Grace during their appearance. “With K9s … They asked me what was going on. They have no clue that a young girl even came up missing.”
The teen was found dead September 10 in a walk-in freezer at the Rosemont, Illinois hotel. Hotel employees made the grisly discovery 24 hours after she disappeared while attending a party in the building.
Previous reports indicated that a motion-activated camera caught the teen stumbling in the kitchen but cameras didn’t capture her walking into the freezer that authorities believed she died in.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled October 6 that Jenkins died of hypothermia and listed alcohol intoxication and the use of topiramate, an anti-epilepsy drug, as contributing factors.
The family said that photos of Jenkins’ body—which show the teen with her t-shirt up, her breasts exposed, and one shoe removed—are suspicious. While Dr. Oz offered the possibility that Jenkins experienced “paradoxical undressing,” he said it isn’t likely that it occurred.
An article published in the Journal of Forensic Science in 1979 explained that, as a “last effort,” someone suffering from hypothermia will attempt to remove their clothing before they lose consciousness and die.
Agreeing with Dr. Oz, Grace went on to speculate that Jenkins was drugged or kidnapped—premises that were widely circulated on social media.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the show also played a 911 call Martin placed from the hotel shortly after her daughter’s disappearance. On it, the dispatcher can be heard asking Martin if she wanted to file a missing persons report after explaining that Jenkins could be with friends and might turn up in a couple of hours.
During the call, Martin asks if police could review security camera footage from the hotel but the dispatcher claimed that the process could take some time.
Responding to widespread outrage, authorities recently dismissed online and offline theories as conjecture.
“While there were many theories, rumors and much speculation floating around social media regarding the death of Ms. Jenkins, none were supported with facts,” Rosemont Police Chief Donald Stephens III said in an October 20 statement.
“While all leads and theories were investigated by our department, what we have reported throughout the investigation and again, today, are the facts.”
[Featured Image: Facebook/Kenneka Jenkins]