Kenneka Jenkins is the 19-year-old woman who was found dead inside of the Chicago Plaza O’Hare Hotel’s walk-in freezer last month. She was found dead in the freezer by a hotel worker lying face down. She was missing a shoe at the time of her death and showed no signs of trauma besides a small cut on her foot.
Although newly released footage shows a drunk Kenneka stumbling around the hotel hallways, there is no footage of the moment that Kenneka allegedly walked into the freezer of her own accord.
The kitchen that Kenneka stepped into had a motion-activated camera which was not turned on for weeks.
Now, according to CBS Chicago, the autopsy from the Medical Examiner’s Office might give the public a better look at what caused this young girl’s death.
The autopsy showed that cold exposure was a huge and substantial factor that was attributed to her death.
She was also found to have alcohol and drugs in her system which might have made it easier for her to slip into hypothermia.
Toxicology tests showed an alcohol level of 0.112 which is higher than the legal driving limit of 0.08 in the state of Illinois.
A drug known as topiramate was also found in her system. The drug is a form of medication meant to treat epilepsy and migraines.
The coroner’s office says that the amount of that drug in Kenneka’s system was within the ‘therapeutic range.’
A new release read: ‘alcohol and topiramate are synergistic. When combined, the effect of either or both drugs is enhanced. Central nervous system depression, or impairment, combined with cold exposure can hasten the onset of hypothermia and death.’
Kenneka’s death sparked controversies around the country as there is still speculation as to whether or not she voluntarily walked into the freezer. Kenneka’s mother has twice denied police access to her daughter’s cell phone.