FBI Cleveland
Public Affairs Officer Susan Licate
February 3, 2020

FBI Seeking Information About a Double Homicide in the Rocky River Reservation

The Cleveland Division of the FBI, Cleveland Metroparks, Crime Stoppers announce support of a contribution to the reward money for the unsolved double homicide committed on June 4, 2019, in the Rocky River Reservation by the Brown family.

Katherine “Kate” Brown, 33, and Carnell Sledge, 40, were shot and killed shortly after 5 p.m. on June 4, 2019, while sitting on a park bench at the pull off lot, north of the Lorain Road Bridge.

The family of “Kate” Brown has contributed up to an additional $70,000 to the reward for information that leads to the successful identification and prosecution of the individual responsible. The reward money is comprised of up to: $25,000 from the FBI, $5,000 from Crime Stoppers and $70,000 from the Brown family, for a total of up to $100,000.

Numerous investigative leads and tips have been conducted, but none has resulted in identifying the person(s) responsible for this heinous act.

“Someone in the public holds the vital piece of information needed to provide Kate and Carnell’s family’s an answer. If you have information regarding these unsolved murders, please contact law enforcement immediately. The families and the community need closure,” said Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith.

“Cleveland Metroparks Police, together with the FBI, continues to actively investigate the homicides of Katherine Brown and Carnell Sledge that occurred in Rocky River Reservation on June 4, 2019,” said Cleveland Metroparks Police Chief Katherine Dolan. “We’re thankful for these additional resources and hope it will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring justice for the victims of this crime.”

“Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County is working hard with our federal and local law enforcement agencies investigating the murders of Katherine Brown and Carnell Sledge,” said Captain Richard McIntosh, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department/Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “Anonymous tips can be made to (216) 25CRIME (252-7463) or on line at WWW.25crime.com.”

Tips can be provided to the Cleveland Division of the FBI at 216-622-6842, or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463. Tips can remain anonymous and reward money is available for information leading to the successful identification and prosecution of the individual responsible.

Questions regarding this press release should be directed to SA Vicki Anderson at vagregg@fbi.gov or at 216-522-1400.