Woman killed in Atlanta Park was stabbed, cut over 50 times, autopsy shows

Katherine Janness and her dog, Bowie, were found dead in Piedmont Park in July.

A woman who was killed while walking her dog in a park in Atlanta last summer was stabbed and cut over 50 times, according to a medical study published this week.

Katherine “Katie” Janness, 40, was found dead in Piedmont Park around 1 a.m. on July 28 along with her slain dog, Bowie, in what police described as a “cruel” scene.

Janness had more than 50 wounds on her face, neck, chest, back, arms and hands, according to the Fulton County doctor’s report.

“It is my opinion that Katherine Janness died due to sharp force injuries to her face, neck and torso, which caused damage to large blood vessels and internal organs,” wrote chief physician Dr. Karen Sullivan in the report, dated November 10th. “The way Mrs. Janness died is classified as a murder.”

At least 15 of the wounds were in Janness’ face, and more than a dozen were on her lower back, according to the autopsy report. The letters “F”, “A” and “T” were also found etched on her chest, the doctor said. Janness also suffered blunt injuries.

Janness’ partner for seven years, Emma Clark, said Janness went for a walk with Bowie after dinner, but did not return, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Clark tracked Janness’ phone location to Piedmont Park, where she spotted Janness and their dog.

Following the release of the forensic pathologist’s report, Emma Clark’s father, Terrell Clark, issued a statement on behalf of the family to ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB.

“With today’s release of Katie’s autopsy report, it is more important than ever that the search for her killer is a top priority for the APD and the FBI,” the statement said. “The report is extremely heartbreaking to read and know the exact nature of what Katie endured in her last moments on this earth. The one in charge is very disturbed and remains a danger to everyone’s safety. Please be vigilant and aware of your environment, because we would hate for any family to be exposed to this nightmare. “

The Atlanta Police Department and the FBI are investigating the murder, and a $ 10,000 reward is being offered for information that could help lead to an arrest.

The investigation into Janness’ murder “remains open and very active,” Officer Steve Avery, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, told ABC News Saturday.

“Our investigators are working tirelessly to find the person or persons responsible,” Avery said in a statement. “We understand that it is frustrating that there is so little information published. But to ensure that the investigation is not compromised, we simply can not release much information about our active investigation. We know how important this case is to them in our community. and we will continue our work to bring this study to a solution. “

Anyone with information please contact the Atlanta Police Homicide Unit or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 or online.

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