Here is a timeline of events that unfolded over the weekend at the hotel, as disclosed by family and police, followed by what we do not know about the case as posted by Chicago Tribune earlier today.
• 11:30 p.m. Friday. Kenneka Jenkins leaves her West Side home to go to a party with friends in a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel & Conference Center in Rosemont, according to her mother, Tereasa Martin.
• 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Jenkins’ sister speaks to Jenkins by phone. The family says that’s the last time they hear from her.
• 1:36 a.m. Saturday. A livestream video on Facebook appears to show the hotel room on the ninth floor where the party is being held. The video — which has gotten more than 4 million views — features a woman in mirrored sunglasses talking to the camera. Reflected in her glasses is the other side of the hotel room, where Jenkins appears to be sitting.
• 3:20 a.m. Saturday. Jenkins is seen on surveillance video “staggering” drunk near the front desk, authorities tell Martin.
• 4 a.m. Saturday. Jenkins’ friends call her mother to say they lost track of Jenkins at the hotel. The friends say they are in the car Martin lent her daughter for the night, and they have Jenkins’ cellphone, according to Martin.
• 5 a.m. Saturday. Jenkins’ family go to the hotel looking for her. Martin says hotel staff told her they needed a missing persons report from police before they could start reviewing surveillance video. Martin calls Rosemont police and is told to wait a few hours before filing the report. They file the report later that morning.
• 1:15 p.m. Saturday. Police notify the hotel about the missing teen and a search begins on the ninth floor and the public areas of the hotel, according to Rosemont police.
• 3-4 p.m. Saturday. Jenkins’ mother said she doesn’t believe the hotel began reviewing surveillance video until the middle of the afternoon.
• 6 p.m. Saturday. Frustrated with the search, relatives say they begin knocking on room doors to see if any guests know anything. The hotel calls police to complain about the knocking. Martin said one of the responding officers agrees to view the surveillance video again.
• 10 p.m. Saturday. Police tell the family that Jenkins has been spotted on video from around 3:20 a.m. that day.
• 12:25 a.m. Sunday. Jenkins is discovered in a walk-in freezer in a vacant area of the hotel. She had been missing nearly 24 hours.
• 12:48 a.m. Sunday. Jenkins is pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The cause of death remains undetermined after an autopsy the next day, pending further studies and investigation.
• Around 5 a.m. Sunday. Martin is allowed to see her daughter’s body. She says the body had been removed from the freezer, which appeared to have been defrosted. “Her hair had soaking water up on there,” she told reporters.
What We Don’t Know
• What Jenkins was doing between the time she left home at 11:30 p.m. Friday and the time the video began around 1:35 a.m. Saturday.
• Who was in the hotel room. Police have not said how many were in the room and whether Jenkins knew all or most of them.
• What witnesses have told police about what went on in the room. Do they contradict each other? Jenkin’s mother has said her friends’ stories about what happened have changed. Is anyone considered a suspect?
• Whether Jenkins left alone or with someone, and whether anyone else was with her at the front desk.
• Who finally found Jenkins? How? Police have not said whether video shows her entering the freezer or whether there was anyone with her.
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