Geoffrey Fieger, the attorney for the family of Kenneka Jenkins, held a press conference yesterday. He is claiming someone could have locked the 19-year-old in a double walk-in freezer at Crowne Plaza Chicago Ohare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, which is where she was found dead on September 10, 2017.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Fieger said, “We believe that it’s very possible … for reasons that we cannot explain, without ever looking in the freezer, someone came and locked this freezer door so that Kenneka could not exit the door. There have not been adequate answers that have been provided by the Crowne Plaza Hotel. We have the police report, we have what they have described to us the video. The most revealing piece of the video is that we see Kenneka entering this kitchen that was under construction.”
He also showed photos of the freezer and said they never looked on the security footage to see if Kenneka was wandering the hotel.
See the press conference below:
Jenkins and her friends were partying on September 9, 2017, in a Crowne Plaza hotel room. As they were leaving, Jenkins disappeared when her friends came out into the corridor, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jenkins was found hours later, dead inside the hotel’s walk-in freezer. Investigators claimed Jenkins was intoxicated, stumbled alone through the hotel’s hallways and walked into the freezer where she died. An autopsy concluded that she died of hypothermia, with alcohol and a drug used to treat epilepsy and migraines “significant contributing factors.” There were reportedly no signs of trauma to her body.
Jenkins’ mother, Teresa Martin, is suing the Crowne Plaza hotel staff, the security staff and the restaurant at the hotel for $50 million in damages.