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Neighbors in both Indiana and Washington State describe a family found dead in a New Albany park as happy and religious. Neighbors in both Indiana and Washington State describe a family found dead in a New Albany park as happy and religious.
The family of four had just moved into the Sheffield Square Apartments in December, relocating from Washington State. The family of four had just moved into the Sheffield Square Apartments in December, relocating from Washington State.
Neighbor Cathy Brooks Neighbor Cathy Brooks
Neighbor Matthew Risk Neighbor Matthew Risk

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Neighbors in both Indiana and Washington State describe a family found dead in a New Albany park as happy and religious.

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. Wednesday.

"Very pleasant family. Beyond shocked. Beyond shocked," said Cathy Brooks, who lives at Sheffield Square Apartments where the Clutter family lived. "Everything was nice. I would have never believed this family is in this situation at this point because they were strong in their faith and they were good people."

The family of four had just moved into the Sheffield Square Apartments in December, relocating from Washington State.

Neighbors were in awe of 10-year-old Brandon Clutter.

"The little boy was brilliant. I mean just brilliant. Just way beyond his age," Brooks said.

"Very polite. That's the thing that really got me is the son would hold the door," said neighbor Matthew Risk. "We'd be at the top of the stairs and he'd hold the door for us. The wife was really nice."

Police came to the complex Wednesday night looking for clues about the family's death, but neighbors weren't able to tell detectives anything out of the ordinary.

"Monday afternoon I heard a door slam upstairs," Brooks said.

"We were kind of scared a little bit because we were like is there someone out on the loose," Risk said.

The investigation continued Thursday, as detectives continued to search the park. With so many unanswered questions, neighbors are on edge.

"Not knowing if it happened here or if it happened somewhere else, how crazy is that. You don't know if your doors locked is still safe enough," Brooks said.

Brooks hope the case is solved soon. "To me, it's really strange that someone with so much faith went through such a tragedy," she said.

The Clutter family just moved to New Albany in December. Police said they moved from Aberdeen, Washington. Records indicate they had lived in Aberdeen for about six years.

An Aberdeen neighbor has fond memories of the family.

"They seemed like a very nice family, said former neighbor Goldie Wright. "They were quite religious. He put his house up for sale. I think it still has the for sale sign on it. Mike (Clutter) wanted to go find work."

Wright was stunned to hear about the deaths.

It is unclear where Mike Clutter is at this time. In New Albany, the family attended a Pentecostal church called Greater Faith. It is associated with minister Irvin Baxter who ministers about the end of times.

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