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ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP/ NBC Chicago) — Hotel employees found the body of a missing 19-year-old Chicago woman Sunday inside a suburban hotel’s freezer.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says Kenneka Jenkins was pronounced dead at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont. It says her cause of death is not yet confirmed although an autopsy has been completed.

Rosemont police say hotel staff discovered Jenkins inside the walk-in freezer. They say she was last seen at a party at the hotel early Saturday morning. She was reported missing Saturday afternoon.

The woman’s mother, Tereasa Martin, told the Chicago Tribune that police told her Jenkins apparently let herself into the freezer while drunk.

Martin said that if her daughter was drunk, she would have had difficulty opening the heavy freezer doors and would’ve realized she wasn’t entering an elevator or the hotel entrance.

The teen's mother, Tereasa Martin, said in a press conference that she believed her daughter's death was an "inside job". NBC Chicago reports that she questioned a Facebook video posted from the hotel the night Jenkins died. She says one of her daughter's "good friends" is seen in the video.

“I have an idea that something might have happened,” she said. “I believe it was foul play involved.”

NBC Chicago also reports that Rosemont Police have confirmed that they are aware of the video and that detectives are scanning social media to try and piece together what happened the night Jenkins died. 

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