Missing woman's body found in Rosemont hotel freezer

A Chicago woman's body was discovered Sunday inside a freezer at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont after she went to a party at the hotel on Friday and disappeared.

Kenneka Jenkins' sister said the 19-year-old left home at 11:30 p.m. Friday for a party at the hotel at 54440 North River Road, Rosemont police said.

The sister, whom police did not name, said she had received a text message from Jenkins at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to the Rosemont Public Safety Department.

Witnesses reported seeing Jenkins at a party on the ninth floor of the hotel Friday night and into the early morning on Saturday, police said. But at about 4:30 a.m., Jenkins' friends couldn't find her and called her family.

Jenkins' name was entered into a missing person's database at 1:16 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Rosemont police contacted the Crowne Plaza about the missing woman, and hotel employees began a search.

Jenkins' body was discovered inside a walk-in freezer at 12:24 a.m. Sunday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rosemont police said they are investigating Jenkins' death.

According to ABC 7, 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.

“We are saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the young woman and her family during this difficult time. The hotel staff will continue to cooperate fully with local authorities. All further questions should be directed to the Rosemont Police Department.”

Kenneka Jenkins Courtesy of ABC 7 Chicago
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