Police in the Village of Rosemont have made surveillance footage available that shows Kenneka Jenkins wandering through the kitchen of the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel, as reported by Chicago Tribune.
The video shows the 19-year-old, who was found dead in a walk-in freezer located in the hotel’s basement, staggering around a deserted kitchen. She can then be seen slowly turning a corner, but at no point during the released footage can she be seen opening the thick double doors of the walk-in freezer and trapping herself in.
Jenkins’ family made note of that glaring absence, with attorney Larry Rogers releasing a statement on the matter, according to CBS Chicago.
“Despite requests for all evidence, we have received only snippets of video, none of which shows Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer. The family has not been provided any video or other evidence of Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer,” he said. “Serious questions remain as to how she ended up in a Crowne Plaza Hotel freezer and why it took a day and a half for the hotel to find Kenneka. Her death requires a thorough, complete, and independent investigation.”
Other footage released shows Jenkins traveling through the hotel, purportedly shot before she entered the kitchen.
One video shows the 19-year-old exiting an elevator and stumbling into a hallway, authorities note.
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, a Chicago community activist, Andrew Holmes, stated that he saw the hotel’s surveillance footage of the morning in question. According to Holmes, Jenkins took an elevator down to the lower levels of the hotel and he even alleged that he saw footage that showed the 19-year-old enter the freezer.
“We all wanted to know: Did anybody pull her down there? Did anybody force her down there? Was anybody on the other side in that room when she got down there? And the answer to that is no,” he said. “She walked into that unsecured area that should have been secured.”
However, now that the footage has been released to the public, Holmes seems to have shifted a bit on what videos police showed him, now appearing a bit indecisive.
“My point was — and I’m going to stand by it — I didn’t see anyone downstairs behind her,” he said. “I didn’t see anyone in front of her. I didn’t see anyone trying to force her back there. That’s my point and I’ll stick to it.”
Authorities have said they will release another 36 hours of hotel surveillance video from that weekend, but they did not indicate if any of the footage will show Jenkins entering the walk-in freezer.
[Featured Image: Twitter/Village of Rosemont]