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Father of woman, children found dead in New Albany creek speaks out

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- His wife and two children were found dead in a creek in a New Albany Park. On Monday afternoon, Michael Clutter spoke to WDRB News about the loss -- and what he said was unusual about that day.

"My wife was really, really kind and sweet, and she would do absolutely anything for anybody," Clutter said. "My son was the center of attention everywhere he went."

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then Clutter said these describe the love in his home.

"We had been married for 12-and-a-half-years," he said.

He held a camera filled with family photos as a physical reminder of better days.

"All I could do was scream and cry because I just couldn't believe that something like this could ever happen," Clutter said.

His 35-year-old wife, Jaime, their 10-year-old son, Brandon, and 6-month-old daughter Katelyn were all found dead in a creek at Binford Park, less than a mile from the family's New Albany home.

They had just moved from Washington State in December. Michael had found a new job.

Jaime home schooled their son.

Clutter said when he returned from work last Wednesday a nightmare began to unfold.

"It was unusual for them not to be home whenever I came home because they were always there," Clutter said.

He said he called all of Jaime's friends, then the police, and as he was driving downtown to the police department, he stumbled upon the crime scene.

"After I gave them a description, they said that what they found at the park matched that description, and it just tore my heart out," he said.

Officials say his two children drowned.

They were found naked with a baby harness and Bible hanging from a nearby tree.

Jaime's cause of death is pending toxicology results.

Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said they haven't ruled out a murder-suicide, but police say their investigation continues.

"We don't have any information to believe anyone should be in any fear, but we do have different theories of what has taken place and what could have taken place, so we want to follow up on those and find out what happened," said Chief Sherri Knight of the New Albany Police Department.

"I don't have any idea what could have possibly have happened," Clutter said.

And while answers are few, Clutter said there is one thing he knows for sure.

"This was a very loving mother and just two incredible really beautiful kids that I loved very much," he said. "We were just such a wonderful family and I want people to remember that."

Michael Clutter plans to hold a memorial service in New Albany, and lay his family to rest in Washington State, near his wife's family. He said investigators have a hold on the bodies, so arrangements have not yet been made.

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