Detectives investigate death of woman found in hotel freezer

Joy Montgomery
September 13, 2017

Her mother, Tereasa Martin, tells reporters her daughter left home Friday for a party at the hotel in Rosemont, near O'Hare International Airport.

"I believe someone in this hotel killed my child", Martin told WGNTV.

A Facebook Live video appeared to show Jenkins sitting on a bed in a hotel room, surrounded by others, according to the Chicago Tribune.

So Martin went to the hotel herself around 5 a.m., and after a missing persons report was filed, she asked police and hotel staffers to review the security cameras, which recorded Jenkins "staggering" drunk near the hotel's front desk at 3:20 a.m. Saturday morning. Jenkins was later found inside an industrial freezer on Sunday night, more than 24 hours after her disappearance and was pronounced dead on site.

The Cook County medical examiner's office said the cause of death is "pending further studies", but Martin and her other daughter who want to know whether Jenkins walked into that cooler alive or if she was placed there. The friends left with Jenkins phone and in the vehicle Martin lent her daughter for the night.

"Yes, they've looked at it and continue to look at it and all the other social media videos and posts", Mack told the Chicago Tribune.

"They are leaving no stone unturned as far as trying to corral everyone they can and talk to them and interview them about what happened and what was going on that night", said Mack.

One Facebook Live video that was shared in the early hours of Saturday morning has been viewed nearly 4 million times; the video depicts a woman wearing sunglasses and talking to the camera.

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Jenkins' mother said authorities told her the freezer, though in a vacant part of the hotel complex, was functioning and cold, the Tribune reported.

Police are reviewing video on social media that appears to show Jenkins in a room on the ninth-floor of the Crowne Plaza before she disappeared over the weekend, according to the Tribune.

"Those were double steel doors, she didn't just pop them open", she said.

Martin then broke down into tears while describing how the police department treated her and her family.

Martin said that if her daughter was drunk, she would have had difficulty opening the heavy freezer doors and would have realized she wasn't entering an elevator or the hotel entrance. The teen's body was discovered nearly 24 hours after she went missing.

"I know in the deep freezer at my job, you have to have some strength to yank the doors open. When I used to break down and cry and want to give up, she would tell me she's got my back", Harris said.

"These are all precious hours, especially when I went between four-ish and five-ish", she said.

Staff in an IL hotel made a tragic discovery Sunday when they stumbled upon the body of a teenage girl. Investigators have also not disclosed who found the body.

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