Coroner Rules Freezer Death of 19-Year-Old Chicago Woman an Accident

A young Chicago woman whose body was found in a hotel’s walk-in freezer last month died accidentally, a coroner has ruled.

Kenneka Jenkins’ cause of death was hypothermia and “cold exposure in a walk-in freezer” as well as “ethanol and topiramate intoxication,” the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Topiramate is prescribed for a range of conditions, but is most commonly used to treat epilepsy and migraines.

Jenkins, 19, was last seen early Saturday, September 9, at a party at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel.

Her family reported her missing later that day, and Jenkins’ body was found in the walk-in freezer at the hotel shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, September 10.

The medical examiner said an autopsy found stomach lesions indicative of hypothermia, an abrasion on Jenkins’ right ankle and a bruise on her right leg.

“There was no other evidence of external or internal trauma,” the office said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Susannah Cullinane and Chris Boyette