Eight snippets of raw surveillance video were released Friday afternoon showing 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins walking the halls of a Rosemont hotel more than a day before she was found dead in a basement freezer. The man told reporters no one lured Jenkins into the walk-in freezer, but later clarified that surveillance footage actually only shows her walking through an empty kitchen, not into the freezer.
In the footage, Jenkins is first seen walking through the hotel with several unidentified people around 1:13 a.m. on that Saturday.
A demonstration later appeared online also providing doubt to the notion she was able to walk herself into the freezer, due to the weight of the door.
Both investigators and the girl's mother say Jenkins went to the hotel last weekend to party with friends. FAMILY ASKS QUESTIONSLess than an hour before the videos were released to the media, Jenkins' mother, Teresa Martin, and her attorneys - Larry Rogers, Jr. and Sam Adams, Jr. - held a press conference imploring the hotel and authorities to release all of the video.
"I'm not a professional, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from what I heard, they are professionals", she said.
In the wake of community activist Andrew Holmes saying he saw video of the deceased teen walking into a hotel freezer by herself, police in Rosemont, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, have release video clips that counter what Holmes said.
In a news release, the Rosemont Public Safety Department said it was publicly disclosing all the video surveillance from the Crowne Plaza Hotel that showed Jenkins the night of her disappearance. They said they plan to do an independent investigation. They said they only want to know what happened to Jenkins. He said she may have thought the walk-in freezer was an exit. Martin told the police dispatcher that her daughter's friends said she drank "one cup" but that "one cup is too much for her", Martin said. Many said they suspect a cover up.
Wednesday, Jenkins' family and supporters gathered at the hotel demanding answers. He added that the freezer had latches on the inside and outside and did not lock.