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Floyd Co. prosecutor to call grand jury in deaths of New Albany mother and young children

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Police say it is a case unlike any they've ever seen -- a mother and her two young children found dead and floating in a New Albany creek.  Six weeks later, there are no final answers on what happened or why.

Wednesday, Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson said he would make a public push to get answers: "I'm going to convene an investigative grand jury that will come together and stay convened until their work is finished."

Henderson says he's not getting answers from the New Albany Police.  "The part that's troubling to me is that there has been no other information coming forward from investigators or anyone else that I am aware of.  I am not sure why, but that is unacceptable."

35-year-old Jamie Clutter, her 10-year-old son Brandon, and 6-month-old daughter Katelyn were all found nude, dead in a creek in Binford Park last month.  The family had just moved from Washington State in December, when Michael, the husband and father, found a new job.

Police say the two children drowned and they were awaiting toxicology reports to help determine a cause of death on the mother.  Henderson says he hasn't heard back from detectives in six weeks.

New Albany Police Chief Sherri Knight says, "There's nothing new to forward to his office.  It's still an open and active investigation. We are awaiting some final documentation...the primary documents that we're waiting for are the toxicology results from the medical examiner's office."

But Floyd County Coroner Leslie Knable says toxicology reports were back this week.  She says the autopsy hasn't been typed up, but detectives haven't called her.

WDRB's Gilbert Corsey did.  Knable told him, "I do not believe we will find the cause of death based on that toxicology.  We're not.  We're not going find the cause of death in toxicology in any of those victims."

Detectives say they have not ruled out a double murder-suicide.  Michael Clutter was adamant that would not be the case, telling WDRB News earlier, "My wife was really, really kind."

Now he will go face-to-face with the prosecutor along with the detectives and anyone else associated with the case.

Henderson says, "At the conclusion of grand jury there will either be indictments or a report made by me."

Henderson says that grand jury will convene in about a month.  A date has not yet been set.

Earlier stories:
Bodies found in New Albany park identified
Father of woman, children found dead in New Albany creek speaks out
Mother of woman found dead in creek speaks about daughter and grandchildren

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