In early March, 25-year-old Jordan Simeon took a road trip to Louisiana from his home in Fargo, North Dakota. He planned to move to New Orleans to start a new life.
But Jordan disappeared near the end of his 1,400-mile journey after his vehicle, a green 2014 Kia Soul with a personalized license plate that read ALIEN, broke down in Arkansas. On March 6, his car problem led him to pull over on I-40, northwest of Little Rock. He was reported missing the next day after his family lost contact with him.
On Thursday, authorities announced they had positively identified Jordan’s body, which was recovered at Newton Creek near the highway last month. “Investigators searched the area multiple times without finding him,” the Arkansas Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release, adding that “investigators used cadaver dogs to assist in the search” before finding a body in the creek. The autopsy results are still pending.
In a Facebook post, Jordan’s grandmother, Linda Simeon, said his body was identified through DNA testing. “We have no further information at this time, other than that the body was found about 200 meters from the highway and there appeared to be no trauma,” Linda wrote, adding, “We appreciate your understanding as we ask for privacy at this time of everything that happened.” process. The modalities will be announced at a later date. Miss you so much Jordan RIP.”
Lt. Cody Burk of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office told The Daily Beast that Jordan’s “case is still wide open and we’re working on any leads we can.”
“At this point, we couldn’t find anything obvious,” Burk added. “We hope the autopsy will give us some insight into how he died.”
How Jordan’s journey took a deadly turn remains unclear. Weeks after his disappearance, Linda told NBC News that a friend spoke to him on FaceTime and he indicated that he had called roadside assistance and that a tow truck had arrived.
The girlfriend he drove to, Adonia Daigle, who also left North Dakota for Louisiana in 2020, told the outlet she sent Simeon money for Venmo, bought him a motel room, and advised him to get on a Greyhound bus New Orleans. She assured Jordan that they would then return to Arkansas together to pick up his belongings. However, Simeon apparently never checked into the accommodations that Daigle reserved for him.
Daigle told NBC that she called the Arkansas State Police that evening to do a social check and see if he was in his vehicle. She then called his family to say that she had lost contact with him.
According to Burk, when Jordan called the towing company, he was unfamiliar with the area and couldn’t pinpoint his exact location.
Burk said the tow truck driver told police he spotted Jordan’s vehicle at the exit when he was in the area the next day, with the keys on the car. Linda told NBC: “All his valuables were in there, right down to an expensive Xbox and a laptop. So you would think someone would have noticed the keys above?
Jordan’s sister Jayla, 27, told the news outlet that her brother is having a tough time and is upset that a friend has pulled out on being his roommate. He wanted to leave North Dakota. “Jordan didn’t want to live here forever,” she said. “He actually didn’t tell me before he left because I think it was an impulsive decision – something he had thought about for a long time, but then when his girlfriend said she couldn’t move him in any longer, I think that really made him say, ‘Well, I’ll just go then’ and packed his whole car.”
Jordan’s loss isn’t the only tragedy to hit the Simeon family. Both Jordan and Jayla’s mother and aunt died of Huntington’s disease, a rare and inherited progressive brain disorder. Jordan also had Huntington’s disease, and his girlfriend Adonia told NBC she plans to find doctors for him in New Orleans.
Before Jordan was found, his family told reporters that he was at particular risk because of this genetic disorder.
Jayla told Valley News Live in Fargo, “Jordan is a very good person with a very big heart. He cares a lot about people.”
She told THV11 in Little Rock that staying away from his family wasn’t Jordan’s style.
“He wouldn’t go out and do that much on his own, and especially when he’s not reaching out or talking to anyone, it makes it scary,” Jayla said.
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