Police Release Kenneka Jenkins Video

Surveillance footage shows her alone in kitchen
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2017 9:37 AM CDT

Police have released surveillance video of Kenneka Jenkins, the Chicago teen whose death in a walk-in hotel freezer after a party last weekend has led to protests and theories that she was murdered. The footage, which appears to be from a motion-activated camera at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont, Ill, doesn't capture the moment the 19-year-old entered the freezer, but it shows her walking, alone and apparently disoriented, through a disused hotel kitchen on the way there, reports the Chicago Tribune. The video shows that nobody else entered the kitchen area until her frozen body was found early Sunday morning, almost 24 hours after friends said she was missing.

Video from early in the evening shows Jenkins with friends, but a later clip shows her emerge from an elevator alone and so unsteady that she had to hold on to a wall, the New York Daily News reports. Another shows her wandering down a hotel hallway. Police say they have interviewed 25 party guests and they have no reason to believe Jenkins was murdered, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Sam Adam Jr., an attorney for the Jenkins family, says lawyers will carry out their own investigation. The hotel "never searched, they never did anything while a young, 19-year-old disoriented girl was sitting in their freezer," he told reporters Friday. "Now there has to be an answer to how that happened. Better yet, there has to be an answer to why that happened." (More Kenneka Jenkins stories.)

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