Who killed Katherine Janness? Atlanta woman, 40, brutally stabbed over 50 times
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Katherine Janness, 40, from Atlanta, was brutally stabbed to death along with her dog Bowie in July this year. Janness was stabbed at least 50 times and the word 'FAT' was carved into her chest. According to an autopsy, she died due to "sharp force injuries of her face, neck, and torso that caused injuries of major blood vessels and internal organs."
"It is my opinion that Katherine Janness died due to sharp force injuries of her face, neck, and torso that caused injuries of major blood vessels and internal organs," Chief Medical Examiner Dr Karen Sullivan wrote in the report dated November 10. "The manner of Ms. Janness' death is classified as a homicide."
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Janness was walking her beloved dog near her home in Midtown. Her partner Emma Clark began to get worried after she failed to return home and tried tracking her using a mobile app. She subsequently found Katherine's body near the entrance to Piedmont Park on Charles Allen Avenue at around 1 am on July 28. Janness' dog was also found killed about 100 feet away from Katherine's body.
Katherine sustained at least 50 stab wounds. Her autopsy report said that she died from injuries to her upper body and torso. Besides several blunt force injuries, she also had the word 'FAT' cut into the skin on her chest and torso area. 15 of the slashes were found on Janness' head.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s report stated that Janness' death has been classified as a homicide. However, months after the murder, no arrests have yet been made. The case received national attention and has baffled local police and the FBI for more than three months now. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had previously said that no evidence has been found yet to prove that the murderer could be a serial killer, or that it could be a hate crime. "This does not fit the description of anything that we’ve see. More than three months later, no arrests have been made in the case," she said.
The public has been urged to contact law enforcement in case they find any information regarding the perpetrator. Previously, investigators offered a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the accused's capture. Anyone who has any information about the crime has been asked to get in touch with the APD homicide unit at 404-546-4235 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. Tipsters can choose to remain anonymous. The public can also text information to 274637 or visit the Crime Stoppers website.