A 17-year old hanging out with friends at the Barnhart Quarry Sunday night apparently slipped off some rocks, fell in the pond and drowned.
While family and friends mourn the loss of Jorden Jourdain, people who live near the quarry can't help but wonder when this sort of thing will happen again.
I talked to a guy who lives near the quarry. Bob Carrow told me it seems something terrible happens there about once a year. Usually drownings... once a stabbing.
He says he sees people walk along railroad tracks (dangerous and illegal) to get to the quarry which is not open to the public, although there are no "no trespassing" signs warning people to stay out (that he's aware of).
The spot is all too tempting... "beautiful crystal blue" water as Carrow described it to me. Sounds really nice. I wondered how we could get there to get some video for our news story, but there was no way to do that without trespassing so we didn't. I had hoped we could get Skyzoom 4 above the spot, but that didn't happen.
The bottom line is the only thing to keep people out of this area is their own good sense. There are no physical barriers. I'm sure neither Jorden nor his friends considered what they were doing was dangerous. They were likely just out for a relaxing escape on a nice night. I can't say I wouldn't have done the same thing as a teenager (although if my parents knew I'd have been in big trouble).
Hopefully this latest tragedy will have a lasting impact on those who knew Jorden and even those who didn't.
Perhaps people can honor his memory by doing all they can to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else.
Prayers for Jorden's family.