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High Point Police Still Looking For Answers In Family Drowning

6:54 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- Authorities on Monday afternoon released the 911 calls family members placed around 3:25 a.m. Sunday after three people drowned in a pond.

WFMY News 2 has chosen not to air the tapes, out of respect for the families of 30-year-old Kenny Jordan, 33-year-old Heather Jordan and 12-year-old Nikki Simpkins.

In one of the calls, Kenny Jordan's mother said one of the children who went down to the pond with the group and alerted her to the trouble told her Kenny Jordan had been drinking. Investigators have not confirmed that, but have sent the bodies to the state medical examiner for autopsies and toxicology tests.

High Point Police Department spokesman Capt. Mike Kirk outlined what happened, as investigators understand it.

 

  • Around 3 a.m. Sunday, Kenny Jordan got his wife and four children out of bed and told them they were going on an adventure. 
  • They walked about a half-mile to a retention pond near several businesses and an apartment complex.
  • Officers said Kenny Jordan was the first person to go into the water.
  • A couple of the children also jumped in, but quickly got out because the water temperature was so cold.
  • When Kenny Jordan started to struggle, officers said Heather Jordan and Simpkins got in to try to help, but the 43 degree water claimed their lives, too. 
A couple of the other children then ran from the pond, across a street, up a hill and through a Panera parking lot to the family's house. That's where they told their grandmother that three of their family members never got out of the water.

Capt. Kirk says there's no evidence of criminal intent; just an accident that resulted from a bad decision.

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