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Man and woman found in Rocky River Reservation died from gunshot wounds to head; deaths ruled homicide

Posted at 7:35 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 14:25:13-04

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio — A man and a woman found dead in the Rocky River Reservation on Tuesday died from gunshot wounds to the head, and their deaths are being investigated as homicides, according to Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson.

Katherine Brown, 33, of Fairview Park, who was found in the water, died from a gunshot wound to the head. Carnell E. Sledge, 40, of North Olmsted, who was found outside in the grass, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head, the medical examiner said.

Their bodies were discovered on Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m. after police responded to a report of two people dead in the Rocky River Reservation.

Both of the manners of death were ruled as homicide, Gilson said.

Police said a preliminary investigation reveals the shooting deaths were an isolated incident and the safety of the parks is not in question.

Police and the medical examiner did not provide any additional information and did not take questions during the news conference as the shooting remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County at 216-252-7463. A cash reward may be available, and callers can remain anonymous.

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