Kenneka Jenkins

The mother of Kenneka Jenkins, the 19-year-old Chicago woman who was found dead in a hotel freezer last Sunday, is asking the FBI to step in and take over the investigation.

Kenneka Jenkins

Jenkins was found dead in a freezer in the lower level of the Crowne Plaza O’Hare & Conference Center in Rosemont, Illinois on Sunday, Sept. 10. Her family reported her missing about 12 hours after she attended a party in a room on the hotel’s 9th floor late Friday and into Saturday morning.

Jenkins’s friends, Irene Roberts and Monifah Shelton, called Jenkins’ mother, Teresa Martin, around 4:30 a.m. and told her they could not find Jenkins.

The two women returned Martin’s car and Jenkins’s cell phone to her a short time later. They told her they left Jenkins in the hotel lobby while they went back upstairs to retrieve her cell phone and car keys.

They said when they returned to the lobby, Jenkins was gone.

About an hour later, Martin showed up at the hotel begging the staff to review surveillance video to determine where Jenkins had gone.

Time was of the essence, she told the desk clerk. But the clerk refused the frantic mother’s request, saying she would need a warrant to review the surveillance video.

Jenkins reportedly said that her daughter had a low tolerance for alcohol. “One cup is too much for her,” Martin said, indicating that she knew Jenkins was drinking at the party.

Jenkins’ family filed a police report at 1:15 p.m. Saturday. Her body was not found until after midnight on Sunday.

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  • dontgetblocked

    I think she stumbled into that freezer but the hotel is at fault. Why was the freezer open and why didn’t they review the surveillance tape? They might have been able to save her.

  • Blak

    What a waste of time. This stumbling drunk and high teenager with low alcohol tolerance drunk herself to death. Do you actually believe this would have happened if she was not inebriated? This is not an FBI case and why don’t these mothers in Chicago want the FBI to investigate the gang violence that is really killing their kids? Attention seeking

  • Ghettogirlpj

    You ain’t said nuffin but a word. Trust. As a former drunk. 3 years sober. I was that girl at one point in my life and there was no stopping me. No FBI needed.

  • Karen Brady

    I seriously doubt FBI will investigate. I can see them rolling their eyes, laughing and shaking their heads at the very notion. As for the cameras how many camera angles do people think there were? I mean it’s a kitchen not a bank vault. Surely there’s a camera or two probably PANNING and won’t catch everything. It’s unfortunate that poor choices were made by these young people that night but there may be (more than likely) nothing more to it. Just my opinion.

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Lady, let it go bury your daughter and take the check that you are really after. It’s obvious that your daughter made a bad decision. It’s on record and the world has seen, that’s why the new media is not getting involved. She was drunk and freak accident happened. RIP TO HER THOUGH!

  • Bambi

    I could probably stumble into a lot of places that I am not allowed to be in, I’m quite sure many of us could. Just my opinion, still don’t see how this is the hotels fault.

  • Pebbles

    I hope they do decide to take on the case just to give the mother some closure……

    I have my own opinion regarding the whole situation but what I will say the truth always have a way of coming out……..

  • freelancepimp .

    People still want to blame her friends. They sat her down and went to go get her keys, when they came back she stumbled off. It’s obvious that hey weren’t planning on letting her drive home drunk. They did what they thought , in their young minds, was the responsible thing and took the car to her mama pretty much telling her we can’t find your daughter. Black kids, who get crap from police all the time training them not to call rely on or trust them, didn’t think to call them. They were young and breaking the law, they handled it like I expected 19 year olds would have. Honestly I was just talkign to my neighbour last night about a cop at one of the other neighbours and how we as black men don’t call the cop unless someone is dying because we don’t need them showing up and qeustioning us like we are the suspect asking us to be cuffed while they find out what is going on when we were the one who made the call from our own home. I know that’s a long sentence but they do that stuff so they don’t have to serve or help us, yes even the black ones.

  • lil goodie

    Sandra.. how long does it take to get a toxicology report from her autopsy .

  • tintin

    But why did both of them leave her in the lobby??? She was still awake when both of them decided to go upstairs.

    Now two willing and able girls do not need to go upstairs. One could of went while one stayed with Jenkins who was awake and out of it. So they looked out for each other to go upstairs safely and in the meantime leave the drunk girl on the couch, sorry her friends are idiots.

  • lil goodie

    if it were my child… i would want every stone turned as well… this was a young women’s life.. friends or not. As a parent you should want to know.. closure…

  • imright

    whats taking them so long to release the cause of death ??

  • Jen_no_juice

    Exactly! Besides was there any footage of them sitting her in the lobby? Because I’ve only seen her stumbling alone. Also, if you JUST left her there why leave? Why wouldn’t they look for her?

  • Justlooknout

    test results take 4 to 6 weeks

  • Quitedeliteful

    I’m sure the mother would rather have her daughter alive and well instead of ‘the check’… It’s easy to say let it go when it’s not your child. The mother deserves to know exactly what happened to her daughter…

  • Jen_no_juice

    I really want to know where is security?? They don’t walk the halls? No one watches or monitors surveillance videos unless asked????

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    They are working to find that out what happened!!! UNFORTUNATELY, there was no choice for her mother in this matter to keep her daughter. THERE IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE THAT ONE PERSON THAT READS INTO AND INTEPRET A COMMENT DIFFERENTLY THAN WHAT IT MEANT!! KUDO, YOU WON THAT PRIZE TODAY!!

  • Justlooknout

    I’m sorry, that cruel to say it in that manner. That’s was her flesh and blood.

    Yes, she made a bad decision, but saying bury her and get a life. Is cold blooded.

    Cause that Natalee Holloway mama, dug the entire island of Aruba up for 12 years.

  • Justlooknout
  • Quitedeliteful

    Not looking for a prize. Just adding to the conversation. No need to be pressed….

  • Justlooknout

    Congrats on your sobriety, you lived to tell.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Coming from a mom of a teenage son/daughter…….I agree with you 100%…..Fuck a check, I want my child…..idgaf if she was drunk, on dope, a hoe, sucked every man dick at the hotel etc…….I just want my kid…….ALIVE…….

  • Justlooknout

    This post will go further south 5…4…3…2….1.

  • kennedy220

    must be the same security services that my job uses..because when i walk by they are watching tv or playing video games more than watching the monitors or patrol

  • Justlooknout

    You had me shaking my head in agreement, then I busted out laughing at…….

    sucked every man dick at the hotel

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d4e2e9bbfb0f3fea6dd36f39c530012dad0a4f849a482303b86cd43a3db71689.png

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yuup … I already know… I was really just contributing to the convo — no shade, no judgement. But knowing it’s about to go unnecessarily downhill fast Ima just fall back …

  • Quitedeliteful

    And just like another poster said Natalie Holloway dug up Aruba for 12 years trying to get answers for her daughter….

  • EScrazy

    Sad how much of the public has written her off as a drunken pill popping prostitute sucking and fuggin in a hotel and want her mom to leave it alone etc but folks still thinking they see Natalie Holloway 14 years later. Natalie wandered off drunk with someone jus like Kenneka but why is she treated like an angel?

  • Justlooknout
  • Quitedeliteful

    Yuup.. None of that matters when your baby is missing…

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    You know what, I’m a huge fan of the ID channel and other crime shows, but I noticed that the Holloway story kept showing over and over……At first I was annoyed, then I had to snap out of it because IF there is a club I don’t want to be apart of and that’s the Parents of Murdered Children/or Children who have disappeared without a trace……The scariest job on earth is…..B N A Parent………..

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Okay, Thanks for you input….moving along….??

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!

  • Elevated Soul

    I’m very glad that her mother is asking the FBI investigate, because this is way beyond the local police, at this point.

    The tape seems edited.I believe she was lured there and raped and subsequently murdered.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Real talk, my baby can smell like a 1000 men when she walk past me, just as long as she walks past me…..I don’t just judge without a lil background history………And Countess I smell shit face…….lmmfao

  • freelancepimp .

    They are kids likely between 18 and 21. They are not rational. It’s not that far fetched to leave someone sitting in a lobby. That’s what the lobby is for. What do you do in a lobby. She was awake so they said girl sit here we are going to get your stuff we will be right back. Is that really that hard to believe.

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Girl, nobody care about your opinion on the internet….relax….because the exciting part about commenting on blogs is I don’t have to read you response or respond. MY CHOICE IS BOTH! Have a blessed and prosperous day!!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Here’s the thing, they’re never going to tell you or release the correct images/footage. Her mother must now file a lawsuit against Crowne Plaza. It’s obvious they’re hiding and covering up something that took place at that hotel. The hotel will never admit anything because it hurts their brand name. The bad press is one thing, but to admit their employees played a part in this is something they could never come back from.

    I still say it all starts with her friends leaving her alone to “go back upstairs to collect HER stuff.”

  • Rachel

    That’s true but 14 years ago social media wasn’t so big. Kaneeka pretty much layed her lifestyle out online. There can only be speculation and rumors in the NH case.

  • Ni Ni

    If the FBI finds nothing, will the mom be willing to accept their findings?

    I remember being that age, we started off with Daiquiri or Boone’s Farm.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    I was thinking that with all that stumbling she was doing, I wonder when she opened the freezer and went in, she may have fallen and hit her head and passed out to which she froze to death……IDK, but as usual, I use these situations to educate my kids about what to and not to do while around questionable behaviors of others….Especially being underage drinking or smoking laced weed……

  • klwbaby

    I think at that point she will have to accept their findings or she can hire her own private investigators to look for answers.

  • Ladyvil

    You will NEVER find the truth in this wicked world….

    #NWO

  • Ni Ni

    They just had a yahoo post about Natalie and of course they dogged poor Kenneka for drinking, but hardly anything negative for natalie.

  • Justlooknout

    BUT YOU DID

  • Justlooknout

    What more exciting I never you don’t even have to see the person’s font. BYE BOY.

    BLOCK

  • Ni Ni

    So true, they wont think like us.

  • Elevated Soul

    Even though I disagree with you, I am LMAO @ you labeling yourself a “former drunk”…You are the epitome of someone who has kept it REAL about something you once did.

  • Elevated Soul

    It’s the hotel’s fault because it should have been secured………

  • KeKe85

    Rightfully so, the mother deserves answers. Regardless if her death was accidental or not. It needs to be thoroughly investigated. That girl was not just drunk. She was either slipped something or took it willingly. The people in the room should know.
    Who was monitoring the hotel? How many people were on the clock that night? Did anyone “resign” after this incident?
    Yes, it is personal accountability, but that could have been anyone’s daughter. Hell that could have been me back in the days.
    Her girlfriends ain’t shit though! She should have never been given the opportunity to walk around alone in that state of mind.

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    INVESTIGATE WHO BOUGHT THE ALCOHOL…..

  • klwbaby

    Because we are on the outside looking in on this situation, I think it is easy for some to say she should accept what the police has told her and move on. But if u place yourself in this mom’s shoes, I doubt u would be so quick to say that. This mother needs answers so if she feel the FBI can help, then I say why not get the FBI involved.

  • Boogie79

    Exactly, I don’t think the hotel staff thought someone would voluntarily walk into their freezer. Heck, even stumble around in their kitchen.

    I think we are trying to rationalize why she went into the freezer. She was basically blacked out on her feet. If she were alive today, she’d probably have no recollection of
    this.

  • Look@m3

    They, friends, sat her down where? Because they damn showl nuff didnt walk off that elevator on them released tapes before they went back up stairs. At what point did they leave her by hersef?

  • nick c

    This case is closed it is impossible to suspect foul play, I figured the police knew something from the beginning that being she had no signs on her body to support any type of struggle or assault. Police see alcohol related deaths due to accidents all the time, and im sure her being intoxicated and blazed contributed to her spatial disorientation. I personally can do only one or the other not both.

  • Look@m3

    Its 4 am. Don’t leave me bymyself in a lobby at 4am especially if there are no other people around. But there is no proof tbey left her in lobby because they didnt get off elevator

  • Look@m3

    I didnt see them stumble off that elevator with her.

  • Look@m3

    Not to mention her daddy currently has a tv show where he is STILL investigating natalies murder. In both cases id do the same. This person is an idiot.

  • Look@m3

    Lawds!! Saw thay louder for the people in the back.

  • shun king

    i know a lot of men around my age that would consider dating and cheating on their wife with party girls young like her

  • Naomi

    But if you think about it, unless you go to a five star hotel, when do you see security walking the halls at the Marriott or the Hilton? I’ve never seen them.

  • Lovely1

    Necessary

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I saw an embarrassing video of Kenneka and her “mother.” The video shows Kenneka asking her “mother” if she can do the “splits on a d/ck.” Her “mother” replies, “how do you think you got here?”

    After seeing that disgusting footage, I’m shocked Kenneka lived past the age of five.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    My son was having a hard time adjusting to high school and was making bad decisions. After a huge school fight he was sitting on my bed with a hoodie on as I started screaming out TRAYVON TRAYVON TRAYVON (not his real name, I used it as a metaphor explaining to him if he don’t start making better choices, the law will do to him what they did to Trayvon) ….SMH

  • Cujaneer

    I have to say, intoxicated or not. THEY should have ALL gone back to get her belongings.

  • FlyMiss

    Exactly, like why does EVERYONE have to go upstairs, and they left her by herself? One person couldn’t stay with her? How many people does it take to get a cell phone and car keys?

  • Ghettogirlpj

    LOL!!!

  • EScrazy

    Exactly…we all pretty much know what a high school graduate on a trip in Aruba without adult supervision is doing…she wasn’t sober wandering off with James Vandersloot or whatever just like Kenneka…people are so blind sometimes

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    One day at a time bud. I wish you the best.

  • Ms Thang

    Oxygen has a whole series about Natalie Holloway. I just happened to run across it last night. Kenneka is a young black female and we know that they don’t give a damn.

  • OP2

    The morals of dysfunctional urbanites where some kids are, hopelessly, the product of that environment. smh

  • T865!

    She don’t need the FBI because the Facebook sleuths have already solved the case.

  • indano

    They never found Nat’s body

  • Reina1718

    Exactly if she could walk drunk alone she shoulda walked drunk alone with them back upstairs

  • Reina1718

    Exactly…she is still missing..

  • Reina1718

    Nope not at hotels like that..they feel its not that serious & they dont wanna pay extra

  • http://bettybooplover.tumblr.com/ Berry Melon

    If there is no video CCTV near the freezer what good will that do?

  • Reina1718

    Lol

  • indano

    With hypothermia, She only had 20 to 30 minutes b4 she expired

  • Reina1718

    She selling tshirts online now

  • Justlooknout

    Reina….OKAY GIRL

  • KA

    I don’t really think there is a case here. The young lady walked into a freezer drunk, lay down because it probably felt good to her, and froze to death. There is no one at fault here. Just a very tragic accidental death.

  • KA

    I’m sure they have a toxicology report from her autopsy will show whether there was something in her bloodstream. If the police didn’t mention it, it probably didn’t.

  • Cleopatra_5150

    They can use that Pokemom Go to measure steps a person takes. Confiscate all phones and do location tracing on it. Trace every step made by everyone.

  • KA

    The mom is looking for peace and a way to make sense out of something that will never make sense. She has to go through the motions, and feel like she did everything possible, if only for her own sanity. Totally understandable. This is just sad.

  • klwbaby

    Upvote x100. I feel if the FBI is going to investigate that BS Kevin hart situation, then she has every right to ask the FBI to investigate what happened to her daughter.

  • KeKe85

    I’m pretty sure they do. Last I’ve read on it, they say toxicology reports will take weeks to come back.

  • PYT93

    Unless it was hotel staff that murdered her for her precious booty organs and fishlips, What reason would they need to cover up her death? People are murdered in hotel rooms all the time. Prostitution,drug deals,drug parties everything takes place in hotel rooms. Ive never heard of a hotel being responsible for the actions of people inside. This aint highschool(which her 19 yo self was still attending mind you) where there is a reasonable expectation that your children are safw. the hotel is not directly responsible for this adult teens death. Like you guys really act like someone cares enough about this random bl0ck girl to go through unheardof lenghts to lead her into a freezer,mind u she had no phone for anyone to tell her how to get there, and yet they were waiting for her pizzy drunk self 2 make her way there,where they were waiting to open it up,push her in and lock the door,all this without being seen on any footage? Yeah ok, makes lots of sense!? Seriously,i am sure you will find new theories once the toxicology proves there was no fowl play other than hers and her aint ish friends. Oh well she shouldnt have bn drinking w people she cant trust if she cant hold her liquor.

  • PYT93

    Lol…Cool story bro. The FBI aint investigating this BS. What evidence is there of foul play? Like seriously,real evidence of wrongdoing. Yeah her friends aint ish,they wasnt ready to stop partying when she was tryna leave. They were probably taking too long to bring her keys and she went lookin for them. No one lured her in the damn freezer. Shes drunk off her azz,has no way of communicating w anyone to tell her where the freezer is. As the drunk stumblin fool she looked she surely wouldnt have remembered how to get there had they told her to go there previously for some reason. Like c’mon. She was a nobody. I mean that to say who is she to warrant a coverup? Lol.
    They shouldnt have even thought of giving her keys. They should haave called her an uber and sent jer on her way.

  • CrunchyBlack1

    I can’t look at that first pic too long. Her eyes have soo much soul in them.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    The latest conspiracy theory is that Selena Gomez has Kenneka’s kidneys. ?

    There’s an interesting video on YouTube demonstrating how easy it is to edit footage, by removing people from the video. The video shoes Kenneka walking with her friends. Then, the video is altered and it appears Kenneka is walking alone. ?

  • KA

    The full tox report takes several weeks. A quick blood test would reveal drugs in her system. The police would not have closed the investigation if they had any reason to believe the autopsy or tox report is going to suggest foul play at some point. They would have just left it at “investigation pending.”

  • klwbaby

    You really are a lowlife piece of sh*t to talk about this girl like that. Then u have the nerve to talk about her still being in high school when u can barely spell. Fowl means birdchicken. The only thing I ask is if u reply please use spell check.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What blood or urine test do you know of that takes weeks? The test results come back within hours or days, not weeks. It’s the coroner’s report that takes weeks to complete.

  • Stacey J

    No…because at this point they are looking for everyone else to blame instead of looking at themselves in the mirror and seeing how this 19 year old child got to where it was okay to be in a hotel, with dudes, getting high and drinking in the first place.

  • Layah Jhene

    Hush before this happens to you or your kids.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    IDK. You could be 100% right, but I guess in my mind, if there is clear footage of her going into the freezer, show it. They thought showing her staggering and such would make everybody let go of all other theories. You have the footage to silence everyone, do it. Perhaps it’s still underinvestigation…maybe she’s in witness protection for something else…who knows. I really don’t.

  • Shaylove1975

    Why did they take the girls cellphone? I can see if they took the keys if she had been drinking but why the phone? Why leave your friend alone? People say what they want but who parts with their cellphone?

  • McKay

    Every time I see this girl she reminds me of Franklin the Turtle.

  • Shaylove1975

    One video I saw of her she bumped the railing on the stairs and grabbed it and held on to keep from falling.

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Or maybe happen to your children since you know so much!

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    lol!!! Yea you tim time to respond to another persons’s comment!

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    YOU DID TOO!! FOOL!!

  • PYT93

    K,it was autocorrect on my iPad. You can see my similar comment posted around the same time below that uses the correct version. Anyway,,,,,,,,it doesn’t change what I said. You got it and it angered you,Lol! Oh well. I’ll be a piece of poo,one that graduated on time, had good friends who cared for me & wasn’t getting drunk and high locking myself in hotel freezers. K, bye:)

  • SuggaB

    I dunno about that. Even in my 20’s we all knew if “we came together and we leave together” Never left behind a comrade.

  • klwbaby

    Yeah blame autocorrect. Bitch u spelled several words incorrectly. I could care less if your illiterate behind graduated on time. I see u took my advice and used spell check for your reply, GOOD JOB!!!? If u think your comment made me angry, then go with that. I don’t think u are poo, u are a lowlife piece of sh*t like I said originally…. k, bye c*nt?

  • SuggaB

    Drunk stumbling fool? She was a nobody? Omg some of you people are unbelievable. You must be a truly miserable person not to have compassion for another human being

  • SuggaB

    You judgemental asshole

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    The kitchen looks empty and ambandonded as if no one has been cooking there. Just by looking at that kitchen alone I would refuse ALL MEAL there. TOO CREEPY.

  • Layah Jhene

    I know karma is a muthafucka

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Some behavior is easily judged.

  • clara brand

    Exactly…to this day they are still looking for Natalie, and she took drugs and was drunk and went off with a guy.

  • clara brand

    I think the hotel are at fault because if something is out of use and under construction then the elevator should not be able to get to that floor and why was it so easily accessible to the public if the area was known for construction? The fridge wasn’t used then who put it on? Where was the security for the people in there for intrudes to come in from off the street?. Lots of unanswered qstns..here..The hotel is 85 per cent to blame.. The manager went upstairs a couple of times because of noise, they saw the teenagers and smelled the drugs yet nothing was stopped and they allowed it to continued…False credit card to get the hotel…lots of holes here!!