I posted this on thecoli, but I didn't see it here. So, I'll post it here too RIP to Kenneka
A 19-year-old West Side woman was found dead in a walk-in freezer at a Rosemont hotel where she had gone for a party with friends and had been missing for a day, her family said Sunday.
Kenneka Jenkins was pronounced dead at 12:48 a.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Jenkins, of the 2100 block of West Warren Boulevard, had gone to a party Friday night with friends in a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel in Rosemont, according to her mother, Tereasa Martin.
Martin said police told her Jenkins apparently let herself into the freezer while inebriated and died inside. An autopsy was expected to be performed Sunday, said Becky Schlikerman, spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. It wasn't immediately clear whether foul play was suspected in Jenkins' death.
Martin said her daughter's friends called her after 4 a.m. Saturday to say they were in the car Martin had lent her daughter for the night, and they had Jenkins' cellphone. But they said they had lost track of Jenkins in the hotel and left after they were unable to find her.
Martin said she immediately headed to the hotel early Saturday morning to try to find her daughter. But she said it was early Sunday morning before Rosemont police told her Jenkins' body had been found inside a walk-in freezer in the hotel that was turned on and cold but was not being used to store food.
Speaking to reporters outside the hotel Sunday morning, Martin said she was having trouble understanding what had happened.
Chicago teen found dead in Rosemont hotel freezer