Surveillance video may shed light on the mysterious death of a young Chicago woman whose body was found in a hotel freezer last week.
Police in Rosemont, a suburb northwest of Chicago, said Kenneka Jenkins, 19, was last seen early Saturday, September 9, at a party at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel.
Her family reported her missing later that day, and Jenkins’ body was found in the walk-in freezer at the hotel shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. The results of an autopsy by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office are pending.
Surveillance video from inside the Crowne Plaza, released by the Rosemont Public Safety Department and obtained by CNN, shows Jenkins staggering through the hotel’s hallways early Saturday.
In the footage, Jenkins is first seen walking through the hotel with several unidentified people around 1:13 a.m. on that Saturday. She appears to be steady.
But when Jenkins is next sighted exiting an elevator at 3:25 a.m., she is alone and visibly impaired, and staggers out of the elevator, briefly leaning on the wall for support before heading down the hallway.
Surveillance cameras next catch Jenkins in hallways at 3:27 and 3:29 a.m., also alone.
She struggles to head in one direction, and nearly falls over several times, but catches herself.
The last clip shows Jenkins stumbling through the hotel kitchen, which appears to be empty. She walks out of view of the cameras at 3:32 a.m., the last time she was seen before her body was found in the hotel’s walk-in freezer.
Police say they have 36 hours of surveillance video from that weekend and have publicly released all clips in which Jenkins can be seen.
At no point in the footage provided to CNN can Jenkins be seen walking into the freezer.
Andrew Holmes, a community activist who police said is working with Jenkins’ family, said Thursday that Rosemont police showed him surveillance video of the young woman walking into the freezer in the hotel basement on her own.
Holmes told CNN affiliate WBBM Jenkins appeared to be lost and tried several doors to get upstairs to the hotel lobby before she walked into the freezer, located in an unsecure area.
“We all wanted to know: Did anybody pull her down there? Did anybody force her down there? Was anybody on the other side in that room when she got down there?
And the answer to that is no,” Holmes told WBBM.
Holmes urged anyone with evidence in the case to contact police and stop making accusations on social media.
“Just don’t put it out…