The death of Kenneka Jenkins took the internet by storm Monday after the 19-year-old was found dead in a freezer and police initially said it was because she was drunk and walked in there.
"I believe it was foul play involved". She attended a party at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont and went missing in the early hours of Saturday morning.
As previously reported, Jenkins was at a party in a hotel room in Rosemont, Ill. before she went missing. Sunday's initial autopsy did not determine an exact cause of death and further toxicology reports are pending. Her sister said that she received a text message from Jenkins at about 1:30 a.m.
"There is some construction activity where a new restaurant is being built, and (she was found) in that vicinity", Gary Mack, spokesman for the village of Rosemont, told the Tribune. "They are leaving no stone unturned as far as trying to corral everyone they can and talk to them and interview them about what happened and what was going on that night".
The video, which has been viewed more than four million times shows a woman with auburn colored hair in sunglasses talking into the phone. Jenkins' friends said they had all been drinking and using drugs in one of the hotel rooms, police said.
Police are reviewing video on social media that appears to show Jenkins in a room on the ninth-floor of the Crowne Plaza before she disappeared over the weekend, according to the Tribune. While the circumstances of her death are being investigated, falsehoods soon started to spread. It's unclear if Jenkins tried to get out of the freezer, but there is an exit button meant to open the door if it gets shut behind someone accidentally.
Martin then broke down into tears while describing how the police department treated her and her family. The mother said that doesn't gel with suggestions she stumbled into the freezer on her own power.
"In law enforcement this kind of social media has become king, so everybody with a camera is a reporter now, and they're just taking it in stride as best they can", Mack said.
"I think that someone knew it was an inside job". The teen's body was discovered nearly a full day after she went missing. "When I used to break down and cry and want to give up, she would tell me she's got my back", Harris said.
Holmes described the video police said they have come across during the course of their investigation. "This is not an area where anyone would typically be who was a guest in the hotel".
Mack said authorities have identified most of the people on the video, yet they have not disclosed any names of the people present. "Maybe there was something wrong, but I asked God, not death". But Martin, who works in the foodservice industry, questioned how her daughter was able to open the heavy freezer doors by herself if she was so drunk.