Kenneka Jenkins’ family lawyer says video footage doesn’t prove she walked into freezer
The attorney for the family of Kenneka Jenkins said Friday that they haven’t received any video footage from police that shows her walking into the freezer, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Despite requests for all evidence, we have received only snippets of video, none of which shows Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer,” Larry Rogers Jr. said in a statement. “Serious questions remain as to how she ended up in a Crowne Plaza Hotel freezer and why it took a day and a half for the hotel to find Kenneka.”
Video released by Rosemont police Friday depicts Kenneka Jenkins staggering alone through a deserted hotel kitchen and disappearing around a corner — the last time she’s seen alive.
Though it doesn’t capture her entering the walk-in freezer where her body was found, video taken by what appears to be a motion-activated camera shows that no one else came into that area until her body was found.
Village officials released the video after days of speculation about the death of the 19-year-old Chicago woman and pressure by community activists dissatisfied with the investigation.
Attorneys Larry Rogers Jr. and Sam Adam Jr., who represent Jenkins’ family, said at a news conference Friday afternoon that they will conduct their own investigation and perhaps seek a second autopsy.
The hotel “never checked. They never searched, they never did anything while a young, 19-year-old disoriented girl was sitting in their freezer,” Adam said. “Now there has to be an answer to how that happened. Better yet, there has to be an answer to why that happened.”