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March 14, 2013

Mother, children found dead in creek identified

Family had relocated from Washington in December

NEW ALBANY — The identities of the three bodies found in a creek at New Albany’s Binford Park on Wednesday afternoon were released Thursday following autopsies. However, the cause of death has not been made public.

Police discovered the bodies of 35-year-old Jamie Clutter and her two children, 10-year-old Brandon Clutter and 6-month-old Katelyn Clutter in Falling Run Creek, which runs through the park.

Autopsies were performed Thursday at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville, according to a release from Maj. Keith Whitlow with the New Albany Police Department. The exact cause of death for each victim has yet to be determined pending further testing. New Albany’s Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate what police have called a homicide investigation. No suspects have yet to be identified by investigators.

The Clutter family relocated to an apartment complex in New Albany in December from the state of Washington, according to the release. The bodies were discovered around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the park. Whitlow did not elaborate Wednesday on whether any weapons were found at the scene.

Several police officers were on the scene a few minutes after the bodies were discovered and the entrance to the park was taped off. The entrance remained closed Thursday afternoon as police continued to investigate.

Whitlow said it’s been nine years since a body was found in Binford Park, which sits directly across the street from New Albany Springs Golf Course.

A call to Floyd County Coroner Leslie Knable was not returned as of press time.

For updates, go to newsandtribune.com.

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