Memorial service held as Rocky River Reservation murders remain unsolved 2 years later


ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (WJW) – Families and friends of Kate Brown and Carnell Sledge are marking two years without answers in the murders of their loved ones.

Friday at 4:30 p.m., at the site where Brown and Sledge were killed, family and friends gathered and placed carnations on the bench.

Brown, 33, and Sledge, 40, met near a riverside bench north of the Lorain Rd. bridge near Valley Parkway in the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Reservation on June 4, 2019.

Carnell Sledge and Kate Brown

Their bodies were found by kayakers around 5:15 p.m.

Both had been shot. One body was found by the water. The other by the bench.

Despite a reward of $100,000, little information has come out about the killings.

Over the weekend, Brown’s family put up signs at the park asking for tips in the case.

FOX 8 previously spoke to Kate’s sister, Alex, about the case.

“Imagine waking up every morning without your sister, your brother, daughter or son. Your aunt or uncle or your friend. And realize their murderer is walking free among us,” she said.

“Our family’s lives were changed forever. We wake up every day not only ridden with grief but questioning how and why…they were gunned down.”

“Precious lives were lost that day,” Carnell’s father, Carl Sledge told the FOX 8 I-Team.

Two days after the murders, Cleveland Metroparks Police Chief Katherine Dolan said she did not believe there was a safety issue at the park.

“We believe this to be an isolated incident.”

Metroparks police have said little else.

“We don’t know what happened here,” Metroparks spokesperson Jacqueline Gerling recently told the FOX 8 I-Team.

A memorial service was held at the park bench Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Cleveland Metroparks released a statement to FOX 8 Friday.

“Cleveland Metroparks Police, Crime Stoppers and the FBI are continuing to raise awareness to generate the information we need to solve this case. Law enforcement will be handing out information at the scene today on how Crime Stoppers accepts tips to help solve recent and past cases…This remains an open investigation and Cleveland Metroparks Police and law enforcement partners have followed up on over 100 tips and conducted over 200 interviews through the course of the investigation over the past two years.”

Anyone with information can make an anonymous call to the Crime Stoppers tip line at 216-252-7463.

Meanwhile, Sledge’s loved ones say it was his dream to help kids and families who are going though tough times. Before he was murdered, Sledge started a foundation — Sledge’s Helping Hands.

His friends and family have continued his legacy and this past Christmas delivered baskets to 80 kids in needs. Those who are interested in getting involved or making a donation should visit the foundation’s website.

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