(SL) – Chicago police released their files on Ken’neka Jenkins (the teenager found dead in a motel freezer last month) and it raises even more questions about how she really died.
Warning: the images are graphic but after taking one look at them one has to ask what really happened? Who cut the freezer on? The freezer is littered with trash and dirt so it’s doubtful that it was operating at the time when she entered it.
The Chicago Tribune reports, As part of a release of documents and videos related to the case, Rosemont officials on Friday posted on their website dozens of postmortem photographs of Jenkins taken while her body was still in the hotel freezer where she was found dead.
Police showed the photographs to Jenkins’ family on Thursday, and Sam Adam Jr., a lawyer for Jenkins’ mother Tereasa Martin, called them “graphic and disturbing images (that) inexplicably show portions of Kenneka’s body exposed.”
The release from Adam and Martin’s other attorney, Larry Rogers Jr., said the photos were “of a personal, private and indecent nature.”
Jenkins, 19, was found dead in a Rosemont hotel freezer Sept. 10, about 21 hours after she went missing following a party she attended in a ninth-floor room.
According to Rosemont police reports, she was found on her side, face down, with her left arm underneath her, her right shoe off , hair matted and a small cut on her right foot.
The photographs show that Jenkins was still wearing the jeans and jean jacket shown in surveillance videos of her walking through the hotel before her death, but the bra/shirt beneath her jacket “was pulled up exposing her breasts,” a police report said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office had already classified Jenkins’ death as accidental and caused by hypothermia, with alcohol intoxication listed as a contributing factor.
Rosemont police also said in their release Friday that the hotel room where the party took place was booked with a fraudulent credit card and that they believe they have identified two perpetrators who booked the room. Police said they are “affiliated with a gang on the West Side of Chicago whose operations rely heavily on the use of fraudulent credit cards.”
Police said that case is still ongoing.