Rosemont officials release statement on Kenneka Jenkins death
ROSEMONT, Ill. — The chief of the Rosemont Public Safety Department issued a statement on Monday in connection to the death of a Chicago teen found dead in a hotel freezer.
Chief Donald E. Stephens said the investigation into the death of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins will remain in the hands of the Rosemont Public Safety Department.
“This investigation has been and remains the utmost priority for us. Throughout this investigation we have used any and all outside agencies necessary to complete a thorough investigation and will continue to do so as needed,” he said in the statement.
He went on to say that the department has resources available on the local, county, state and federal level.
Read the full statement from the Rosemont Public Safety Department:
I would like to respond to the inquiries surrounding the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intervening with the death investigation of Kenneka Jenkins.
At this time, the death investigation of Kenneka Jenkins will remain in the hands of the Rosemont Public Safety Department. This investigation has been and remains the utmost priority for us. Throughout this investigation we have used any and all outside agencies necessary to complete a thorough investigation and will continue to do so as needed. As with any investigation, we have resources and assistance available from the local, county, state, and federal level.
I am fully confident in the ability of each and every one of the officers, detectives, and leadership team charged with this case. At no time have I doubted the work that is being done.
Jenkins was found dead in the freezer of the Crowne Plaza Hotel after she had gone there for a party on the ninth floor.
Police in Rosemont released all surveillance video received from the hotel on Friday.
In the videos, Jenkins appears to be stumbling in the hotel kitchen, hallways and out of an elevator.
WGN has posted the videos in which she appears, but police did provide other video from the hotel where she does not appear.
WGN did not receive any video where Jenkins walks into a freezer.
An attorney representing Jenkins’ family released a statement saying they have not received any video from police of her entering the hotel freezer.
“Despite request for all evidence, we have only been provided snippets of video, none of which shows Kenneka Jenkins walking into a freezer,” the statement reads in part. “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.”