Lawyer and investigator representing the mother of Kenneka Jenkins on Tuesday visited the suburban Chicago hotel room where the teenager was partying hours before being found dead in a walk-in freezer earlier this month, the Chicago Sun Times reported late Tuesday afternoon.
The visit to the Crowne Plaza came one day after the Rosemont Police Department said it would investigate Jenkins’ death without the FBI, dealing a blow to Jenkins’ mother, who was looking for the federal agency to lead the probe because of distrust for local police.
Rosemont police on Friday released surveillance footage from the fateful night, showing an apparently intoxicated Jenkins staggering around the hotel before she ventured into a kitchen area, where the freezer was located.
Because of the immediate inaction by police and hotel, Jenkins’ mother was forced to go room-to-room knocking on each room’s door in an attempt to find her daughter.
It took just about 24 hours for hotel staff to locate Jenkins inside the freezer.
Had the hotel and authorities reacted quicker, Jenkins’ life might have been saved, Martin insisted.
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