The Girl in a Refrigerator: What happened to Kenneka Jenkins?


Nine months ago, a physique of a teenage lady was found solidified to genocide in a walk-in freezer during a Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. Her name was Kenneka Jenkins, and on Sept. 10, 2017, this 19-year-old strolled into a hotel to attend a celebration with friends. Within hours, she would disappear yet uncover adult on surveillance. However, by 12:48 a.m. Sunday morning, she would be conspicuous dead. Was it an collision or murder?

Nine Months Later

“I Believe Someone Killed My Child,” says Tereasa Martin, a mom of Jenkins. Martin’s final memory was when her daughter left her residence in a 2100 retard of West Warren Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. However, during around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, Martin perceived a offensive call that her child was missing.

Now, 9 months later, a family knows no some-more now, than they did before. What they do know is that after a find of her body, a military had their theory. According to Martin, they disclosed to her that her tiny lady was expected so doubtful that she wandered into a walk-in freezer. However, Martin refused to accept her daughter’s genocide as accidental, and it appears she did not have to.

It was not prolonged after this, that a military came adult with a new theory: Jenkins did not travel into that freezer on her own. She had to have help, and if so, who helped her?

Days after a incident, amicable media went furious with swindling theories concerning Jenkins death. Her friends, Monifah Shelton and Irene Roberts started creation a post. Their idea was to put together a pieces of this poser and try to find out accurately what happened during a hotel. They did not have to wait prolonged as video after video of footage from a hotel was expelled on Facebook and YouTube. The footage tracked Jenkins’ final moments during a Crowne Plaza Hotel.

However, those theories were shot down. “Even yet there were many theories, rumors and many conjecture floating around amicable media per a genocide of Ms. Jenkins, nothing were upheld by facts. While all leads and theories were investigated by a department, what we have reported via a review and again, today, are facts,” settled Police Chief Donald Stephens III.

Still, a many unfortunate video was expelled on Sept. 15. The notice video shows her walking a halls of a hotel in a doubtful demeanour before they found her routine body. It was this vivid footage that caused friends and family of Jenkins to rush to a Federal Bureau of Investigation offices in Chicago to petition an review into her demise.

Cold case, or is it?

After an 11-hour hunt that led to anticipating Jenkins’ physique in a freezer, 12 interviews, 8 of that were during a hotel that Friday night, a box unexpected dissolved. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s bureau dynamic that Jenkins’ genocide was an accident. Her autopsy formula —death by hypothermia from bearing to cold.

According to a results, there were mucosal erosions found on her body. These form from hypothermia. The news serve explained that she had abrasions on her right ankle. There was also a purple contusion on her right leg. However, a reports do not state any other signs of outmost or inner trauma. Her mind was swollen, yet according to a examiner, that is not revelation of a specific means of death.

There were vague toxicology tests done. No “date rape drugs” were found in her system. However, a contrast did find alcohol, caffeine and an epilepsy/migraine remedy topiramate in her system. Jenkins family purported she had not been prescribed a drug. So, how did it get there?

Examiners reported that a turn was within a healing scale. According to a autopsy, her blood ethanol turn was 0.112. This is aloft than a authorised extent of 0.08 for pushing legally. The toxicologist mentioned that a ethanol and a drug could boost any other. To some, this competence have explained Jenkins’ peculiar function on a notice video.

For others, it still does not explain how she was found passed in a freezer. However, it seemed to be adequate for a police. A week later, a Rosemont Police Department, on Oct. 20, sealed a box of Jenkins’ death. However, photographs of her body, when she was found, were done public.

Accident or Foul Play?

The justice filings uncover that Jenkins’ family led a private review and found no denote of damage from a passionate conflict or earthy attack. However, 9 months after a closure of a case, there are still unanswered questions.

As endorsed by Rosemont military statements, she was found on her side. Jenkin’s face was down, with her left arm underneath her. The right shoe was infrequently off her foot. Plus, there was a tiny cut on her foot.

The cinema uncover that Jenkins was still wearing her jeans and jean jacket. All of that was shown in notice videos of her strolling by a hotel before she died. There was a unfortunate print display a shirt underneath her coupler “was pulled adult divulgence her breasts.”

This picture, to others, is still only as vivid now as it was 9 months ago. Martin’s attorney, Larry Rogers Jr., done a indicate that a photos lift some-more questions about what happened to Jenkins afterwards they answer.

Still, detectives hang to a story that there were no signs of tainted play. The Police Chief Donald Stephens III said, “There is no justification that Ms. Jenkins was forced to splash ethanol or devour any narcotics while during a hotel.”

While roughly a year into a genocide of Jenkins, some are still not confident with a random genocide report. As time moves on, it stays a poser as to what happened to a lady in a freezer.

By Jomo Merritt
Edited by Jeanette Smith


Chicago Tribune: Medical examiner: Kenneka Jenkins died from exposure, and her genocide was an accident
WGN 9: New sum expelled as military tighten Kenneka Jenkins genocide investigation
Daily Herald: Rosemont mayor defends Kenneka Jenkins genocide investigation

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