Girl who drowned in High Point pond was attempting to save stepdad


Nikki Simpkins (pictured left)

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Nikki Simpkins
Nikki Simpkins

HIGH POINT, N.C. — A 12-year-old girl drowned in a High Point pond earlier this year after she attempted to save her stepdad, according to new information released by the NC Medical Examiner on Wednesday.

Kenny Jordan, 30, his wife Heather Jordan, 33, and her 12-year-old daughter Nikki Simpkins, all of High Point, died on Feb. 10 after they drowned in a small pond near Deep River Pointe Apartments.

According to new information released by the NC Medical Examiner, Kenny Jordan was with family and friends sitting on the shore of the pond when he suggested they swim across the pond.

When Jordan asked if anyone would join him, no one did and he went into the pond alone around 3 a.m.

12-year-old Nikki Simpkins, Jordan’s stepdaughter, heard Jordan cry for help and jumped in the water to try to help. The report suggests she “soon went under” and, Heather Jordan, 33, went in the water to save Simpkins. She was also overcome by the cold water.

Kenny Jordan and Simpkins drowned and were pronounced dead at the scene.

When rescue workers arrived, Heather Jordan was pulled from the water. Emergency personnel tried to revive her for over two hours. According to the report, her body showed signs of their efforts.

Authorities investigate a drowning Sunday morning in High Point. (WGHP)
Authorities investigate a drowning Sunday morning in High Point. (WGHP)

The water was 45 degrees that night and the air temperature was 28 degrees. Hypothermia would have set in within five minutes in those conditions, officials said.

In Kenny Jordan’s autopsy report, officials said Kenny Jordan “said he wanted to see if he could walk on water.” His blood alcohol content was 0.15 at the time of his death, almost double the legal driving limit in North Carolina.

Heather Jordan’s blood alcohol content was 0.10.

Nikki Simpkins did not have any alcohol in her system.

“Based on these lab results, we can confirm both adults had been drinking prior to the incident,” the release continued.“ According to the Medical Examiner’s Office, the Blood-Alcohol Content was the only substance checked for since the Medical Examiner’s Office was certain of the cause of death.

Three other juveniles were also swimming with the group, but the others survived.

The majority of the pond was said to be between two and four-feet-deep, reaching seven to eight feet at its center.

Out of the six people, five of them went in the water, police said.  Two of them got out quickly because of the temperature and ran to call for help, police said.

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