Illinois Police Offer New Details of Death Probe

Jenkins found dead inside a walk-in freezer

A Chicago community activist said Thursday that surveillance video from a Rosemont hotel shows Kenneka Jenkins entering a walk-in freezer alone.

In the meantime, Rosemont police classified Jenkins' death as a noncriminal incident and the investigation continues.

Rosemont police have not confirmed that Holmes has seen this crucial surveillance video.

Jenkins could be seen, through the reflection of a woman's glasses, sitting in the corner of the room.

Eight of the twelve people who spoke with police regarding Jenkins' death were at the hotel Friday night or early Saturday morning. "We wanted to be respectful of the police investigation that's going on, as well as being respectful to the family during the grieving period, but we also wanted them to have access to the footage to view", said Crowne Plaza spokesman Glen Harston.

Kenneka Jenkins was found in the Crowne Plaza on Sunday, roughly a day after she was reported missing. Her family arrived to look for her a few hours later but said hotel staff and village police didn't join the search until the afternoon.

Jenkins' mother filed a police report, but said she had to wait in order to do so.

A young woman whose body was found inside a freezer in a suburban Chicago hotel this weekend reportedly entered the freezer alone, according to WGN.

An autopsy performed after her death to determine the cause and manner came up inconclusive pending further investigation, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said.

Holmes said that the footage showed Jenkins waiting in the hotel lobby while her friends returned to the ninth floor room where they had been partying.

Activist Andrew Holmes (inset) enquired on behalf of Ms Jenkins' family.

She earlier said, "It's something that no one could ever imagine".

"(I'm) horrified", Martin said to reporters September 10. Video from the party shows attendees using drugs and alcohol, and has fueled gossip on social media.

Kenneka's case is now being treated as a death investigation, with homicide or foul play being suspected.

They say the department is still conducting a death investigation.

Holmes said there did not appear to be any foul play involved in Jenkins' death-and that it was an "accident waiting to happen". But the family questions how she could then open a heavy freezer door if she could barely stand.

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The Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center released a statement saying, "The Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel and Conference Center holds the safety, security and well-being of our guests and employees as our top priority and concern".

Holmes said that the footage disproved theories circulating on social media that Jenkins had been murdered by her friends.

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