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Hotel Staff Horrified By What They Find Inside Walk-In Freezer

Hotel staff were shocked when they discovered the body of a Chicago woman inside a freezer in a Crowne Plaza Hotel. The body has been identified as Kenneka Jenkins, a 19-year-old girl who travelled to the Rosemont hotel for a Friday night party. Ms. Jenkins’ sister has since revealed that the last contact from her sister was on Saturday, when she received a text at around 1:30 a.m. Ms. Jenkins had only gone out to the party because she wanted to celebrate her new job as a nurse.  

However, Ms. Jenkins never came home and, by mid-morning, the woman’s friends were frantically contacting Jenkins’ friends and family. By Saturday 1:16 p.m., a full-scale police investigation was being prepared and the name, Kenneka Jenkins, had been submitted to the missing person’s database.

When employees at the Crowne Plaza Hotel were contacted about the missing girl, hotel managers ordered a search of the building and "actively canvassed and searched the immediate area." Shortly afterwards, Rosemont police received a call from Crowne Plaza Hotel and were informed that Ms. Jenkins’ body was in the freezer. According to ABC7, Rosemont police officers believe that no foul play was involved and that Ms. Jenkins – who had been drinking heavily all night – entered the walk-in freezer and became trapped.

A spokesperson for the Rosemont village, Gary Mack, supported this theory by referencing ongoing construction in the hotel. "There is some construction activity where a new restaurant is being built, and (she was found) in that vicinity. This is not an area where anyone would typically be who was a guest in the hotel," he said confidently.

Ms. Jenkins’ mother, Teresa Martin, is heartbroken by the news, telling ABC7: "It's something that no one could ever imagine. It's unbelievable." According to the BBC, Ms. Martin has refuted the explanation offered by Rosemont police and called for a deeper investigation into possible sources of foul play. In an interview with WGN, Ms. Martin didn’t deny that her daughter was highly inebriated but still said: "I believe someone in this hotel killed my child." A post-mortem medical examination of Ms. Jenken’s body is scheduled for next week and will be performed at the Cook County medical examiner.

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center to produce and release accustom statement, writing: "The Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center holds the safety, security and well-being of our guests and employees as our top priority and concern. We are saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the young woman and her family during this difficult time. The hotel staff will continue to cooperate fully with local authorities. All further questions should be directed to the Rosemont Police Department."

Online commenters and social media users have participated in an outpouring of grief and sympathy for Ms. Jenkins’ family. One Twitter user, Lil Chano from 79th, encapsulated the feelings of many after tweeting: “My prayers and condolences go out to the family of #KennekaJenkins our sisters will be protected and justice will be served.”

Source: Daily Herald, ABC 7 Chicago
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