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Lydd teenager Jordan Keates found dead after being deemed low suicide risk

By Sean Axtell

A “beautiful and talented” teenage girl hanged herself just days after mental health professionals deemed her a minimum suicide risk, an inquest heard.

Jordan Keates, 16, was said to have had a great future ahead of her as she prepared to join the Marsh Academy’s sixth form this year.

But Jordan, also known as Jinx, was discovered hanged in the hallway of her foster family’s home in Lade Fort Crescent, Lydd-on-Sea, on Monday, June 11.

Jordan Keates died in June
Jordan Keates died in June

Following an attempted overdose in February, Jordan was referred to a mental health team who, until summer, noted a marked improvement in her moods, the inquest at Maidstone was told.

Assistant coroner Katrina Hepburn read evidence from David Malone, a nurse at NHS Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), who saw Jordan on Wednesday, June 7.

She said: “Her position was improving after the February overdose.

“In March and April she was still improving, she was more positive, her relationship was going well and she wanted to go to college to pursue art.

“There were times where she had stress from personal relationships. There was no immediate risk of suicide.”

"She was a very funny girl. She was brilliant at her art and had a great future ahead of her..." - Louise Harrington

But the next day a search party was launched following a 999 call reporting Jordan missing.

Giving evidence, DS Matthew James told how officers found her close to home on Saturday June 10, and returned her to foster parents Louise and John Harrington.

The next day Jordan was at home with a relative of her foster parents who has dementia, as the family visited Folkestone’s Race for Life charity run.

But when family member Diana Shaw went to check up on the relative, Jordan was found dead.

DS James said: “Police are confident the death is not suspicious and there was no third party involved.

“We have carried out a thorough investigation into Jordan’s phone.

Jordan Keates, 16, with her boyfriend James Marshall, 17
Jordan Keates, 16, with her boyfriend James Marshall, 17

“There were texts to friends on various occasions saying she was considering killing herself.

“There were no texts of people urging her to do it.”

Giving evidence, toxicologist Dr Susan Patterson said there was no evidence of drugs in her system at the time.

Ms Hepburn recorded the death as suicide, before offering the family her condolences.

Foster mother Louise Harrington paid tribute to Jordan, who she had taken into care about a year ago.

She said: “She was a very funny girl. She was brilliant at her art and had a great future ahead of her.

“She was the first child we have ever fostered. Her death just came out of nowhere. We do feel let down by mental health services. We weren’t made aware of how many times she had been seen by mental health carers.

"As a person Jordan didn’t know how much she was loved. She will be dearly missed but she will always be in our hearts.”

Charmaine Carey, the mother of Jordan’s boyfriend, 17-year-old James Marshall, said: “She was the love of his life. He said there will never be anyone like Jordan.”

If you would like confidential support on an emotional issue, call Samaritans free on 116 123 at any time, or visit the Samaritans website.

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