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March 22, 2013

Family prepares to lay mom, kids to rest

Jaime Clutter’s father speaks of sorrow

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ABERDEEN, Wash. —

Ronald Smith said the church has been inundated with calls from people all over the state offering to help.

“You don’t have to ask anybody, they volunteer, they call, [asking] ‘What can I do?’ ” he said.

Jaime Clutter and her children were discovered by a passer-by in Falling Run Creek which runs through Binford Park on March 13, not far from the Sheffield Square apartment where they lived. The Clutters moved when Jaime’s husband, Mike, found work.

Police have not said what they think may have happened, but at a press conference March 15, Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said, “I have no reason to believe we have an individual on the loose, if you will, that would cause the public alarm or harm.”

The preliminary cause of death for the children is drowning. A cause of death for Jaime Clutter is pending toxicology results.

“They are working on some things, and it’s a whole lot more involved than what we thought and they thought. I guess I’m glad to hear there are some things they’re working on,” Pink said.

Members of the church have been devastated by the loss, Joyce Smith said.

“They’re really shocked, and they’re really reaching out to the family. Actually, it has really brought the church together,” she said.

The Clutters lived in Aberdeen for about a decade, moving from Indiana, where Mike Clutter has family. They spent the first three years of their marriage in Indiana and Brandon was born there.

“They thought, ‘Well it’s time to come home and spend some time at this end of the world,’” Pink said.

Mike Clutter found a job at Westport Shipyard, and the Pinks helped them find a house, paint it and prepare it for their young family.

The Pinks got to spend a lot of time with their outgoing young grandson and their eldest daughter.

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