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‘Isolated incident’: Deaths of man, woman found shot to death in Rocky River Reservation being investigated as homicides

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FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio -- Authorities say the deaths of two people found in the Rocky River Reservation Tuesday are being investigated as homicides.

Cleveland Metroparks Police Chief Katherine Dolan said at a press conference Thursday that "we believe this to be an isolated incident and overall, the safety of the parks is not in question."

"Our thoughts are with the victims' families, and we will work as hard as possible to conduct a thorough investigation to bring justice to the families of Katherine Brown and Carnell Sledge," she said.

Anyone with information on the deaths is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 216-252-7463. A cash reward may be available.

According to Cleveland Metroparks police, the bodies were discovered by two kayakers around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The kayakers told 911 dispatchers they saw a man's body lying next to a park bench and a woman's body nearby on the bank of the river.

The coroner's office later identified the victims as Katherine Brown,33, of Fairview Park and Carnell Sledge, 40, of North Olmsted.

Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Tom Gilson said both victims were shot in the head.

Cleveland Metroparks is being assisted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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