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Pastor remembers mother, 2 children found dead in park

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The entrance to Binford Park remained blocked on Thursday. The entrance to Binford Park remained blocked on Thursday.
Neighbors said the Clutter family moved into the Sheffield Square Apartments off Country Club Road at the beginning of the year. Neighbors said the Clutter family moved into the Sheffield Square Apartments off Country Club Road at the beginning of the year.
Neighbor Terry Bennett Neighbor Terry Bennett
The Clutters attended Greater Faith Church in New Albany. The Clutters attended Greater Faith Church in New Albany.

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – The pastor of the woman and two children found dead in New Albany's Binford Park describes them as a happy family.

The bodies of Jamie Clutter, 35, her 10-year-old son Brandon and her 6-month-old daughter Katelyn were discovered in a creek that runs through the park around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Their pastor, Todd Nichols, said the Clutters were model members of Greater Faith Church in New Albany and that they had visited the church over the years when visiting family. Nichols said the Clutters joined his church when they moved to town from Washington State in December to be closer to Jamie's husband's family in northern Indiana.

Nichols said Jaime's husband had finally found work again after being laid off and that the Clutters seemed happier than they'd ever been.

Neighbors said the Clutter family moved into the Sheffield Square Apartments off Country Club Road at the beginning of the year. Their apartment is just a couple of blocks from the park where Jamie and the children's bodies were found.

Within hours of the grisly discovery, neighbor Terry Bennett said police were at his door.

"They were asking if we knew this lady who lived up in apartment 60," Bennett said, "and obviously they knew about her or where they lived."

Bennett said his roommate Kathy had just spoken with Brandon Clutter on Sunday.

"It was just when we came back from church Kathy saw them, and that was Sunday around noon," Bennett said.

Neighbors like Bennett are concerned because the manner or manners of the Clutters' deaths haven't been determined and because police haven't said who killed the family or why it might have happened.

"Hopefully they get to the bottom of what happened," Bennett said.

Police continued to keep the park blocked from the public on Thursday night, and crime tape surrounded the creek where the bodies were found.

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