Police: Adults had been drinking before triple drowning at High Point pond


Nikki Simpkins (pictured left)

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police say toxicology reports have confirmed that two adults who drowned along with a 12-year-old girl in a pond in High Point had been drinking before the incident.

Kenny Jordan, 30, his wife, Heather Jordan, 33, and his wife’s 12-year-old daughter, Nikki Simpkins, all of High Point, drowned in the early-morning hours of Feb. 10 in a small pond near an apartment complex in the 2400 block of Penny Road.

“The toxicology report on Kenny Jordan and Heather Jordan has been completed,” police said Wednesday in a news release.

“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.”

Police say the toxicology results with the exact amount of alcohol that was in the adults’ systems will not be publicly released.

No other details were provided.

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.

The temperature of the water was said to be around 43 degrees when the incident occurred.  The air temperature was about 29 degrees.

Investigators said the temperature of the water would cause a person’s body to start to lose function within five minutes.

Capt. Mike Kirk with the High Point Police Department said it was Kenny Jordan’s idea for everyone to go swimming.  The group, which consisted of two adults and four children, walked to the pond about 1/2 mile away from their home around 3 a.m.

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.

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