HIGH POINT, N.C. — Funerals will be held Friday for a mother, daughter and stepfather who drowned in a High Point pond on Sunday.
Nikki Simpkins, her mother Heather Jordan and her stepfather Kenny Jordan reportedly went with three other children to a pond off Penny Road in High Point around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.
Police believe one of the adults suggested going to the pond for a swim in the early morning hours. Investigators said the water was about 43 degrees at the time.
Police said one child did not go in the water and two other children went in, but quickly came back out.
Meanwhile, Kenny Jordan went into the water and Nikki and Heather followed behind him, said the family’s Pastor and spokesperson David McGee.
The Jordans and Nikki died in the water from hypothermia.
The circumstances surrounding the drowning, and why the family decided to go to the pond at all in the middle of the night, are still unclear.
The News & Record is reporting the family is planning joint wakes and funerals. The three will be buried at Deep River Friends Cemetery. A member of the congregation donated three burial plots.
A wake for the Jordans and Nikki Simpkins will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Sechrest Funeral Service.
The funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Oak Hill Friends Meeting.
Nikki Simpkins was a sixth grade student at Southwest Middle School in Guilford County.
Principal Joe Caraher said Nikki was a well-liked student.
“Nikki was a quiet girl but she was also very nice. She was one that really endeared herself to the staff here. They really enjoyed having her in class. She was a hard-working student who did what teachers expected from her,” Caraher said.
Officers could not comment yet on whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the drownings.
They said toxicology and autopsy reports could take several weeks to complete.