Police Turn to Facebook Video in Kenneka Jenkins Death Investigation

Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy Sunday, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether foul play was suspected, according to Becky Schlikerman, spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s Office.

“Yes, they’ve looked at it and continue to look at it and all the other social media videos and posts”, Mack told the Tribune. She had been attending a party there Friday night with friends and went missing early Saturday morning.

Included in the social media evidence is a video made during the party.

“In law enforcement this kind of social media has become king, so everybody with a camera is a reporter now, and they’re just taking it in stride as best they can”, Mack said.

However, at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, Jenkins’ mother, Tereasa Martin, got a call from Jenkins’ anxious friends because they could not find Jenkins.

Jenkins’ friends told Martin that when they were attempting to leave the party, they realized that Jenkins left her auto keys in the hotel party room.

Police spokesman Gary Mack told the Tribune that it may take weeks to determine what happened and the medical examiner’s office is still awaiting toxicology tests. “When I used to break down and cry and want to give up, she would tell me she’s got my back”, Harris said. But, Martin said if her daughter was drunk, she wouldn’t be able to open the heavy freezer doors. Jenkins’ friends said they had all been drinking and using drugs in one of the hotel rooms, police said. The teen’s body was discovered nearly 24 hours after she went missing.

At one point, the hotel called police on Martin and her other daughter to report them for disturbing the peace as they continued to look for Jenins before finally, after filing a missing persons report on Saturday afternoon, the staff started to search the hotel. “This is not an area where anyone would typically be who was a guest in the hotel”. The hotel called police on them for disturbing the peace. In it, Jenkins appears to be sitting on the bed with a group of people around her, leading numerous video’s 4 million viewers to believe there was foul play involved in her death.

“Those were double steel doors, she didn’t just pop them open”, she said.

Mack said he didn’t know if the surveillance video led searchers to the freezer. “The surveillance video will reveal a lot, I suppose”. Investigators have also not disclosed who found the body. “That’s something that’s part of the investigation and they’re not releasing”.

While police didn’t name Shelton or her other friend, Irene Roberts, as people of interest, Twitter users were apparently convinced of their guilt.

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