The family of Kenneka Jenkins, who was found dead in an Illinois hotel’s walk-in freezer, has disputed the account of an activist who said that surveillance footage showed there was no foul play involved in her death.
Jenkins later went missing and her body was eventually discovered in a walk-in freezer at around 1:00 A.M. on Sunday.
Rew Holmes, a Chicago community activist who has been working with the family on the case, told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday that police had shown him the hotel surveillance footage.
Jenkins took the elevator to a lower level of the hotel and wandered around, opening different doors.
“Did anybody force her down there? Was there anybody on the other side of the room when she got down there? And the answer to that is no.” But Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, later said that Holmes had not been appointed to represent her family in the case.
At a protest outside the hotel on Thursday evening, Martin answered “Yes” when asked by a woman if the information given by Holmes at the earlier press conference was false, the Tribune reported.
Rosemont police said in a Thursday statement that they had released hotel surveillance footage to Martin’s attorneys at their request.
A spokesman for the Crowne Plaza hotel said on Thursday that the hotel had offered to pay for Jenkins’ funeral.
In the wake of Jenkins’ death, videos posted on social media by her friends of the night she went missing sparked wild speculation from observers, who suggested there had been foul play in the case.
Rosemont police said on Wednesday that they had interviewed 12 people involved in the incident, including eight who were present with Jenkins on the night and morning when she went missing.
Police are waiting on further investigations and a toxicology report to try and determine what killed Jenkins.