A 19-year-old Chicago woman was found dead in a freezer at a hotel in suburban Rosemont early Sunday, hours after she was reported missing, according to police.
In the wake of coming back to the inn to look for Jenkins once more, her sister recorded a missing individual report with the Rosemont Police Saturday evening.
The hotel staff told Martin that they could not start reviewing surveillance video of the premises without a missing persons report from police. She last spoke to her sister at around 1.30am (7.30am BST) Saturday.
Witnesses told authorities that Jenkins was seen at a party on the hotel’s ninth floor that evening into early Saturday.
When Martin called the Rosemont Police Department, she was asked to wait for a few hours to see if Jenkins turned up before filing the report.
The walk-in freezer is located in a wing of the hotel that is now undergoing renovation and it is unclear how Jenkins found her way through the remnants of construction, according to Gary Mack, a spokesman for the village of Rosemont. “This is not an area where anyone would typically be who was a guest in the hotel”. They said they were leaving the hotel taking her auto and her cell phone, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Jenkins’ body was found in a stroll in cooler in the lodging around 12:24 a.m. Sunday, as per police, and she was articulated dead on the scene.
But Martin questioned this saying if her daughter was drunk, she would have struggled to open the freezer door and would have realized she was not entering an elevator or the entrance of the hotel. So there’s no way.
Her mother also suspects foul play: “I believe someone in this hotel killed my child”, Martin said.
The Cook County Medical Examiner inspected the body, yet the reason for death still can’t seem to be resolved. “(I’m) horrified. It’s something that no one could ever imagine.
The hotel issued a statement about Jenkins’ death Sunday evening and said: “We are saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the young woman and her family during this hard time”. The hotel staff will continue to cooperate fully with local authorities.