The body of 19-year-old Kenneka Jenkins was discovered in a walk-in freezer in a hotel, just hours after she was reported missing from a party in the same building.
Jenkins was found at 12:48am on Sunday at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois.
"The cause and manner of death is pending further studies," a spokesperson for the medical examiner said on Monday.
She was last seen by her family leaving her house for a party on Friday night. Witnesses saw her at the party at the hotel in the early house of Saturday, but at some point, she allegedly went missing.
Her friends called her mother, Teresa Martin, on Saturday morning to let her know that Jenkins had gone missing, and her family quickly filed a missing person's report with the police.
The hotel staff searched the area and eventually found Jenkins' body.
"Jenkins was beyond resuscitation and was pronounced dead on the scene," Rosemont police said.
Footage of Jenkins was captured on hotel security cameras. The police revealed that the footage shows Jenkins, seemingly drunk, staggering around in the hotel lobby.
The cops believe that, due to her inebriated state, Jenkins may have accidentally walked into the freezer and got trapped inside, but her family have their doubts about that theory.
Martin said that if her daughter was so drunk, she would never have been able to open the huge freezer doors. She also claimed that her friends' versions of events kept changing. In addition, the freezer itself was located in an area of the hotel which was closed off due to construction.
"This is not an area where anyone would typically be who was a guest in the hotel," said a spokesperson.
Investigations are still ongoing, but some of Jenkins' friends are already accusing the girl's friends of being involved in her death.
"One of you lil bitches did something to my sister," said one relative on social media.
A Facebook live video was allegedly streamed from the party. During the clip, viewers claim to hear a girl saying "help me" in the background, and some believe that this may have been Jenkins.
"Our detectives are looking into everything and are aware of the social media video and posts," Detective Joe Balogh, a spokesperson for the Rosemont Public Safety Department said.
For now, foul play hasn't been ruled out, and we hope that police can get to the bottom of this mystery and provide some justice or closure to Jenkins' family.