There’s no way that the freezer door seen in the photo below could be mistaken for an exit or anything other than a freezer door.
Yet teen Kenneka Jenkins apparently wandered into the freezer, closed the door, and then subsequently died of hypothermia.
Her family is skeptical of that scenario. It’s possible that someone could have pushed her into the freezer, either as a practical joke or out of pure meanness.
Police say her demise was an accident. What say you amateur sleuths?
Police in Chicago have closed the investigation into the death of the 19-year-old who was found dead in a hotel freezer in September.
On Friday, authorities ruled Kenneka Jenkins’ death accidental and released photos, surveillance videos, audiotapes, and a timeline of events leading up to the teen’s death.
Jenkins was last seen in the early hours of Sept. 9 at a party on the ninth floor of the Crown Plaza Hotel and was reported missing that afternoon, according to Rosemont police. Police found her body inside a hotel freezer shortly after midnight on Sept. 10.
Authorities previously said the teen died of hypothermia due to cold exposure in the walk-in freezer. They also noted that alcohol intoxication and the use of a drug for treating epilepsy and migraines were also “significant contributing factors.”
“The death of any child is tragic; but the death and circumstances surrounding Ms. Jenkins are especially sad,” the police chief said.
Ah yes. So tragic.
Hotel surveillance video that was previously released showed the 19-year-old stumbling through the hallways of the hotel and eventually into the kitchen, but never show her walking into the freezer as there was no camera pointing toward that direction, police said.
Authorities have now released an entire timeline of what they believe happened leading up to Jenkins’ death. After leaving her home on the west side of Chicago at 11:30 p.m. on September 8, Jenkins showed up to the hotel party in Rosemont.
The teen’s death initially sparked rumors and conspiracies of foul play, but police have said in their report that there is “no evidence” suggesting that the death was not accidental.“While there were many theories, rumors and much speculation floating around social media regarding the death of Ms. Jenkins, none were supported with facts. While all leads and theories were investigated by our department, what we have reported throughout the investigation and again, today, are facts,” the report said.
Lawyers for the teen’s mother said graphic photos that police released on Friday of the teen lying face down in the freezer, covered in dirt, and without a shoe, “raise more questions than answers.”
Darwin award or foul play? The police have ruled Darwin Award. It would take some kind of stupid to end up frozen like Kenneka.