The man who found the bodies of Jamie Clutter and her children.
Jamie Clutter (right) and her children, Brandon and Katelyn (Source: Michael Clutter)
The scene at Binford Park after the bodies were found.
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – For the first time we hear from the passerby who called 911 after he and his wife found the bodies of a mother and her two young children inside a New Albany park.
At first glance, he thought it was a cruel joke: What looked like three bodies in a shallow creek. From their car, the man and his wife saw what looked like a doll or a mannequin someone had thrown down. Moments later, they moved in closer to find out, it wasn't a hoax.
"You wonder why the Lord brought you to that," the man told WAVE 3 News, "why we were the ones who found it?"
Why us? It's the question a southern Indiana man and his family continue to ask after making the disturbing discovery in New Albany's Binford Park last week.
Dispatcher: "New Albany 911."
Caller: "Hey, um, I'm at Binford Park and I think there's a baby in the, in the creek."
The passerby, who asked us not to use his name since the case is still open, tells us, he, his wife and their two-year-old son were out driving around looking at houses in neighborhoods near the park.
"As we were leaving the park," he said, "my wife saw the smallest body in the water and we weren't sure if it was a body or a doll, so we went down a little and determined it was a doll and saw the other two and called 911."
They called back the 911 dispatcher.
Dispatcher: "Are they wearing clothes?"
Caller: "No, they're naked."
Dispatcher: "Okay and are they submerged in the water, or...?"
Caller: "They are, yeah they're, they are submerged in the water."
Officers recovered the bodies of Jamie Clutter, 35, her son, Brandon, 10, and daughter Katelyn, six months. All three were found lying in the shallow creek bed. Prosecutors are certain the two children drowned.
The passerby told us of the traumatic experience, "It was one of the more harrowing experiences of my life."
What may be most difficult? The young father continues to ask not just why us, but why not sooner?
"You know, why we weren't there 6 hours earlier?" he told us, "or 8 hours, or however long."
Police still haven't said how Jamie Clutter died. The caller told dispatchers it seemed Clutter may have been bruised or cut when he first saw her. He tells us he wasn't that close and it may have been just other trauma to her body.
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