Parents of Chicago TV Host Garrard McClendon Found Shot to Death in Forest

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) A couple found shot to death in a forest preserve outside of Chicago have been identified as the parents of local television host Garrard McClendon.

CLTV producer Jerry Riles says the two victims found in a Cook County Forest Preserve have been identified as 78-year-old Milton and 76-year-old Ruby McClendon of Hammond, Ind. He said they are the parents of McClendon, a CLTV television host and African American education promoter.

Riles said McClendon was at his parents' home late Tuesday along with police investigators.

Although the Cook County medical examiner's office didn't confirm the victims' identities, officials said the woman died of a gunshot wound to the head and the man died of multiple gunshot wounds. The deaths were classified as homicides.

Forest Preserve Police spokesman Steve Mayberry says neither victim carried identification.

A woman contacted police Monday afternoon after she saw the bodies while on a walk near Wentworth Woods in Calumet City.

In addition to McClendon's television duties, he has made helping African Americans improve their langague skills in order to get better jobs his personal crusade.