Cops Make Concession in Case of Teen Found Dead in Freezer

Surveillance video will be released to Kenneka Jenkins' mom
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2017 12:10 PM CDT
Surveillance Video Will Be Released to Kenneka Jenkins' Mom
In this photo from Sunday, Tereasa Martin is comforted by her boyfriend on the porch of her apartment as she talks about her daughter, Kenneka Jenkins, in Chicago.   (Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune via AP)

There are still more questions than answers in the death of Kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago 19-year-old found dead in a hotel's walk-in freezer over the weekend, but officials have agreed to release surveillance video from the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont, Ill., to Jenkins' mother. The move came amid uproar about the case, including protesters at the hotel demanding "justice for Kenneka," the Chicago Tribune reports. Jenkins' mother continues to insist her daughter could not have gotten into the freezer alone, and the murky nature of the case, combined with puzzling details like a Facebook Live video that surfaced from someone else attending the same hotel party from which Kenneka disappeared, has caused amateur detectives to take up the mystery. Rosemont's mayor says the guesswork surrounding the case is "convoluting the investigation."

Police say they've spoken to eight people who were at the hotel when Kenneka disappeared, as well as four others "who were involved in some way," and they're looking for four others there that night. They say they're analyzing surveillance video from 47 cameras at the hotel and will share the video with Kenneka's mother Thursday—though it won't be made public until the investigation is complete. They're also looking at other videos posted to social media, and forensic technicians are analyzing some of the video involved. Beyond that, official details are hard to come by, but the Tribune rounds up some of the theories from those DIY sleuths, many of whom insist it must have been foul play. NewsOne points to a video purporting to show hotel employees demonstrating how difficult it would have been for Kenneka to lock herself in a freezer. (More Kenneka Jenkins stories.)

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