On Friday, authorities released dozens of witness statements and police reports related to the Kenneka Jenkins case—providing additional insight into the teen’s disappearance and death.
According to the Chicago Tribune, recently-released documents revealed that a hotel worker discovered Jenkins lying face down on her side with one shoe off. There was no evidence that she suffered trauma other than a small cut on her foot.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jenkins, 19, was found dead September 10 in a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. The grisly discovery was made 24 hours after she disappeared while attending a party at the hotel.
Emerging reports indicated that Crowne Plaza staff originally reviewed exit and entrance surveillance video and looked at hallway footage afterward. The camera that caught the teen stumbling in the kitchen was motion activated and hadn’t been turned on for weeks until her body was found, WBBM reported.
Police also investigated a lead that Jenkins was killed by a gang for $200. A friend told authorities that Jenkins was concerned about paying a $200 fine for parking in the hotel parking lot without a ticket.
The friend also claimed the “help me” heard on a Facebook Live stream was a Chief Keef song playing in the background, according to the Tribune.
Though questions surrounded the high-profile case, the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled October 6 that the teen died from hypothermia. Medical examiners also listed alcohol intoxication and the use of topiramate, a drug used to treat migraines and epilepsy, as contributing factors in the teen’s death.
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Jenkins’ family reportedly denied that their daughter was prescribed the anti-epilepsy medication.
[Featured Image: Facebook/Kenneka Jenkins]