The autopsy for Katherine Janness was just revealed. According to the medical examiner, the woman died from the sharp force injuries that she sustained during her brutal murder in July. Katherine Janness was stabbed over 50 times. The 40-year-old Atlanta woman was found dead in Piedmont Park along with her dog. Police are actively looking for suspects.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Sullivan said, “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. The manner of Ms. Janness’ death is classified as a homicide.”
The autopsy revealed that Janness received at least 15 cuts to her head and face along with several to her lower abdomen. The young woman also suffered some blunt force trauma and the word “fat” was carved into her chest.
Her dog, Bowie, was also found dead about 100 feet away from her.
Atlanta police and the FBI told the media that they are actively investigating the murder, but they haven’t said whether they have any suspects. So far, no arrests have been made.
Officer Steve Avery, a spokesperson for the department, said “Our investigators continue working tirelessly to find the person(s) responsible. We understand it is frustrating for there to be so little information released publicly. However, to ensure the investigation isn’t compromised, we simply cannot release much information on our active investigation. We know how important this case is to those in our communities and we will continue our work to bring this investigation to a resolution.”
After Katherine Janness was murdered, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms squashed rumors that the killing was a hate crime or that the city had a serial killer on their hands. The mayor told the community that the evidence didn’t point to those motives and that the crime was unlike anything she’d ever seen. A motive for the brutal killing hasn’t been discovered by the Atlanta PD.
According to reports, it was Janness’ girlfriend, Emma Clark, who originally found the body. The 40-year-old had gone on her typical evening walk with Bowie when she didn’t return home. Clark tracked her phone’s location to the park and that was when she found the gruesome scene.
While Clark has not made a public statement about the death of her girlfriend, she did post a touching message to Janness and Bowie on a GoFundMe page created to start a memorial for the pair.
She said, “I lost the love of my life and my baby boy. It was tragic. She was the most intelligent, kind, humble, and beautiful person I have ever known. I wanted to spend every second with her. He was the sweetest most loyal companion. My heart is so very broken, my world will never be the same. Thank you to everyone who has reached out. It is truly appreciated.”
According to the GoFundMe, which raised over $80,000, donations for Janness’ memorial are now closed and friends and family plan to purchase two benches and some trees to be placed in Piedmont Park near the off-leash dog park in honor of Katherine Janness and her beloved dog.
Atlanta police and the FBI are still asking for information about who killed her. A $10,000 reward was offered for whoever can provide information on a suspect or possible motive.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Atlanta Police Homicide Unit at 404-546-4235 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477