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Crime Family demands answers after teen found dead in freezer

07:35  12 september  2017
07:35  12 september  2017 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Kenneka Jenkins, a 19-year-old from Chicago, was found dead in a hotel freezer over the weekend. Now her family is pressing for answers as authorities investigate her death . CBS Chicago's Mai Martinez reports.

After an 11-hour search, hotel staff found Jenkins dead in the freezer after police contacted management about the missing person's report. The family of a Chicago teen held a news conference Sun., Sept. 10, 2017.

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CHICAGO -- Kenneka Jenkins, a 19-year-old from Chicago, was found dead in a hotel freezer over the weekend. Now her family is pressing for answers as authorities investigate her death.

Jenkins' body was found inside a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, CBS Chicago reports.

Her family said she went to a party at the hotel with friends late Friday night, but then went missing. They said her friends called around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning to say they couldn't find her, but had her cellphone and truck keys.

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The family of an Illinois teen who was found dead in a hotel freezer is demanding to know how the tragedy could have occurred. The mystery has sparked nationwide outcry from people demanding answers , including some famous names.

After both Jenkins' family and police searched the hotel on Saturday, her body was finally discovered in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is still unclear how the teen died or why she was in the freezer in what was a vacant area at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Tereasa Martin, the teen's mother, said she tried to get hotel staff to search surveillance video for her missing daughter, but they said they needed a missing person's report. She says police told her to wait a few hours to see if her daughter turned up. Some hours later, they filed the police report.

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After an 11-hour search, hotel staff found Jenkins dead in the freezer after police contacted management about the missing person's report.

The family said investigators told them surveillance video from the hotel appeared to show Jenkins stumbling around after heavy drinking. Police told them she might have been trapped in the freezer by accident -- but the Jenkins' family disputes this.

"The freezer door is heavy. I worked in a cafeteria before. It's no way if she's drunk, and they saying she's stumbling, so she don't have no strength," her sister, Leonore Harris, told the station. "That's my baby sister. How can I live life knowing I'll never see her again?"

An autopsy could not determine the cause of death Sunday. Authorities with the Cook County Medical Examiner's office said it could take weeks to determine the cause of death.

Rosemont Police say they are interviewing everyone who had contact with Jenkins on Sunday. They're also reviewing Facebook Live video that some believe show Jenkins with friends on the night she went missing.

Chicago activist: Video of Kenneka Jenkins shows her walking into freezer alone .
CHICAGO - A Chicago community activist said Thursday that surveillance video from a suburban hotel shows Kenneka Jenkins entering a walk-in freezer alone. Andrew Holmes, who has worked with many police agencies during his years of anti-violence activism, told the Chicago Tribune that Rosemont detectives showed him the video Wednesday when he showed up seeking answers on behalf of the family. Andrew Holmes, who has worked with many police agencies during his years of anti-violence activism, told the Chicago Tribune that Rosemont detectives showed him the video Wednesday when he showed up seeking answers on behalf of the family.

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