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Prosecutor says it's time to get answers in death of family found at park

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Katelyn, Brandon and Jamie Clutter (Source: Family photos) Katelyn, Brandon and Jamie Clutter (Source: Family photos)
Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson
The scene in Binford Park where the bodies were found on March 13, 2013. The scene in Binford Park where the bodies were found on March 13, 2013.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Six weeks after a mother and her two young children were found dead in a New Albany park, there is still no new information about what happened to them.

Even the Floyd County prosecutor said he's received no updates on the investigation into the deaths of Jamie, Brandon and Katelyn Clutter. Tuesday he announced he's taking matters into his own hands.

They were the three bodies found naked floating in a creek at Binford Park on March 13. When people learned they belonged to Jamie, 35, her son Brandon, 10, and her daughter Katelyn, 6 months, concern started to spread.

Prosecutor Keith Henderson initially released information that the youngest two drowned and police weren't ruling out anything in terms of how they died, including murder-suicide. A month and a half later, that's all the information anyone knows, including Henderson.

Henderson said Tuesday he's calling an investigative grand jury to hear from witnesses connected to this case and decide if charges should be issued. It's not common in Floyd County, but Henderson said after waiting so long for answers, it's necessary.

"The part that's troubling to me is that there has been no other information coming forward from the investigators or from anyone else that I'm aware of," said Henderson. "I'm not certain why, but that part is unacceptable."

Henderson said anyone with relevant information will go before a grand jury so they can decide what happened and who, if anyone, is responsible. Henderson won't say if the lack of information is due to faulty police work or just a situation where answers are hard to come by.

"I'm assuming because of the nature of the case is the reason the information has been slow in forthcoming. I don't know that," said Henderson.

Regardless, Henderson said it's not normal to not have a case report back after six weeks and it's time for answers.

"Answers for the families that are involved here and have answers for the community," said Henderson.

Henderson hopes the grand jury can provide them. Henderson said it could be a month before the grand jury meets and there's no set time for how long it could take.

I've spoken with the Clutter family pastor Todd Nichols who said he thinks convening a grand jury is good news and he hopes it will reveal the truth.

Multiple calls to the New Albany Police Department about the investigation were not returned.

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