Police identify victims in New Albany homicide case


by Adam Walser


Posted on March 14, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 3:10 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Binford Park remains closed tonight as police continue their investigation into the deaths of a mother and her two young children.

Late Thursday afternoon, police identified three people, whose bodies were found in Falling Run Creek as 35-year-old Jaime Clutter, her 10-year-old son Brandon and her six-month-old daughter Kaitlyn.

Police say the family moved to New Albany from Washington state in December.

Autopsies were conducted, but medical examiners have not yet determined the exact causes of their deaths.

"For any mother, it hits home because it's right down the block,"Christina Hernandez, who lives in Parkview Apartments, which overlook the park said.

"I'm just thinking about my kids, because I've got five little ones," Ebony Dansby said. "I live right on the end and they go down there and they play."

The Clutter's bodies were discovered by a passerby in the park late Wednesday afternoon. Investigators searched the area for clues for several hours. A maroon car was also towed from the scene under police escort Thursday night.

Police immediately characterized the scene as a homicide, but no suspects have been identified.

Neighbor Harry Hollis was surprised that bodies were found within view of dozens of nearby apartments.

"The police park here. There is always people walking in and out," Hollis said.

Another body was discovered in the same creek in the same park in 2004. Alyssa Lee, 24, who disappeared after going to a nearby store, was found dead there.

Antonio Malone pleaded guilty to strangling her in 2011.

The latest case, meanwhile, has reignited fear in a place where hundreds of young children often play.

"It's flooded with kids. There are kids out here playing soccer, throwing football, frisbees," neighbor Bryan Horn said.

"Nobody knows what happened, so everybody's just afraid and trying to keep their kids in the home," Martinez said.