Graphic photos were released Friday showing how Chicago teen Kenneka Jenkins was found dead in a freezer.
Though very disturbing, the photos were provided by authorities to the public to help give insight into the case, which has been wrapped in controversy, rumors and conspiracy theories since the 19-year-old was found dead on September 10 in a walk-in freezer at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Rosemont, a village 17 miles northwest of Chicago.
The Rosemont Police have ruled the death as an accident due to hypothermia with no foul play involved. She was extremely drunk and had taken medication for epilepsy and migraines.
WARNING: THE PHOTOGRAPHS BELOW MAY BE DISTURBING TO CHILDREN
The photos show that Jenkins was still wearing the jeans and jean jacket seen in surveillance videos of her walking through the hotel before her death, but the shirt beneath her jacket “was pulled up exposing her breasts,” a police report said.
Scientists who have studied hypothermia have described a phenomenon known as “paradoxical undressing,” in which people freezing to death remove their clothing.
“It is concluded that paradoxical undressing might be explained by changes in peripheral vasoconstriction (narrowing of blood vessels supplying the extremities) in the deeply hypothermic person,” scientists wrote in a 1979 journal article. “It represents the last effort of the victim and is followed almost immediately by unconsciousness and death.”