Illinois, Chicago, USA: The death of a 19-year-old Chicago teenager, Kenneka Jenkins, whose body was discovered last month in the walk-in freezer of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, near Chicago, has been ruled an accident by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Illinois.
But the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death, and toxicology reports indicating that she had ingested a medication used to treat epilepsy and migraines, have fueled further speculation about what happened on the night she disappeared.
Kenneka Jenkins had reportedly been drinking before disappearing from the event on the ninth floor of the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel in the Rosemont area of the city on Friday night.
The teenager, Kenneka Jenkins, was attending a party at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, near Chicago on Sept. 8 and was reported missing the next day. Investigators found her body facedown in the freezer on Sept. 10.
On Twitter and Facebook, people complained that the Rosemont police investigation had not moved fast enough because Jenkins, 19, was black. At a news conference on Sept. 15, lawyers for Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, questioned why the hotel’s camera footage was not reviewed after she first called 911.
On Friday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said that the cause of her death was hypothermia and that the combination of alcohol and topiramate — a prescription drug used to prevent migraines and to control seizures — was a significant contributing factor.