Police are investigating a viral video has been circulating across social media that shows a young woman in a Rosemont, Illinois hotel room just hours before she disappeared and was found dead in the hotel freezer.
Investigators have also been going over surveillance video from the Crowne Plaza hotel and questioning potential witnesses as they investigate the tragic death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins, reported The Chicago Tribune.
The report notes that an autopsy Sunday did not determine a cause of death, and the medical examiner’s office is still awaiting toxicology tests and further investigation by police before making a ruling. It is also unknown at this point if the body had any signs of trauma.
Gary Mack, a spokesperson for Rosemont PD, said police were looking into a Facebook Live video that showed Jenkins sitting on a bed in a hotel room with other people around her.
The video shows a woman in sunglasses talking into the camera. The other side of the hotel room is reflected in the mirrored lenses of her shades, apparently showing where Jenkins appears to be sitting, the Tribune notes.
Mack said that law-enforcement officers have identified most of the individuals seen in the video.
“Yes, they’ve looked at it and continue to look at it and all the other social media videos and posts,” Mack told the Tribune. “They are leaving no stone unturned as far as trying to corral everyone they can and talk to them and interview them about what happened and what was going on that night.”
Many social media users and Jenkins’ family voiced their concerns about what actually happened to Jenkins.
“It’s something that no one could ever imagine. It’s unbelievable,” Jenkins’ mother, Teresa Martin, said earlier. “I believe that someone in this hotel killed my child.”
Police reportedly initially told the family that Jenkins was intoxicated and walked into the freezer. Of course, Martin asks the logical question of how her daughter would have been able to open the heavy freezer doors on her own if she had been intoxicated enough to lock herself in a freezer.
“Those were double steel doors; she didn’t just pop them open,” she said.
Martin also noted the “friends” Jenkins was with the night of her death changed their versions of the story multiple times when pressed for answers about what happened to her daughter.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)