Family details of woman, 2 children found dead in park revealed

Pastor: Couple docile, kind

NEW ALBANY, Ind. - A woman and two children who were found dead in a southern Indiana creek were all naked, the Floyd County prosecutor said in a news conference Friday.

The prosecutor said a child's car seat was in a nearby tree and there was a Bible in the car seat, WHAS-TV reported.


Floyd County Coroner Leslie Knable told The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky  that autopsy results showed the victims suffered injuries consistent with having been in water, and that they likely drowned.

Official causes of death won't be determined until toxicology results are in, which could take up to four weeks.

Knable didn't say how long the bodies were in the water but said it was likely a matter of hours, not days.

The family pastor for a woman found dead alongside her two children in a southern Indiana creek said Thursday that the woman's husband is "devastated" by their deaths.

Greater Faith Church pastor J. Todd Nichols said Michael Clutter, 47, told him he went to police after getting home from work about 5 p.m. Wednesday and found his wife and kids missing but their car and apartment keys inside the unit.

The bodies of Jamie Clutter, 35, Brandon Clutter, 10, and 6-month-old Katelyn Clutter were found in a New Albany creek about 15 minutes later.

Nichols told The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky ., that Clutter and his family moved to New Albany from the Seattle area a few months ago.

The Clutters had recently moved to New Albany from the Seattle area. Nichols told WHAS-TV that Michael's family lives in Portland, Ind.

"He had been out of work for a couple years and got a job here, a very good job, and they were kind of getting back on their feet," Nichols said. "Things were going great for them."

Nichols described the couple as very docile and kind and their son wise beyond his years.

"Precious little boy, very smart, very intelligent. He was very captivating. Everybody loved Brandon. He was kind of the 10-year-old going on 25," Nichols said.

The church community is shocked by the deaths.

"We are devastated, really," Nichols said. "It’s probably, without question, the most traumatic event that's happened at this church for sure and probably in my lifetime."

Police closed off the park, combed for clues and towed a maroon car away from the scene, but it wasn't clear if they were any closer to determining what led to the deaths.

The Clutters had been married for more than 12 years.

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