Atlanta Police continue to search for the suspect in a deadly stabbing of a woman in Piedmont Park

ATLANTA — Atlanta Police continue to ask for the public’s help in the search for the stabbing suspect who killed a woman and her dog in Piedmont Park.

APD spent several hours in the park Saturday afternoon searching for clues and answers in the murder case of 40-year-old Katherine Janness and her dog.

“If they were here all the time,” said Samantha Bryant. “Maybe if police were here at the time, it wouldn’t have happened.”

Janness and her dog were found stabbed to death near the entrance of the park early Wednesday morning around 1 a.m. A memorial at the park entrance continues to grow.

Investigators say Janness went for a walk with her dog after visiting her wife at work. When she did not return home, her spouse pinged her phone and found Katherine and her dog dead inside the park.

“It’s scary for those of us who are here all the time,” said Manuel Patino.

Piedmont Park was packed Saturday afternoon. Many stopped by to pay their respects and help police. Investigators were handing out flyers, showing the surveillance image of Janness and her dog. But some are wondering about the camera located not far from where they were found.


“As I was looking around, I see cameras,” said Mark Thevnin. “The police say they can’t talk about it but there are a lot of cameras for there to be no information about it.”

It’s unclear if the cameras nearby were working the night of the murder, an unsettling reality for so many who frequent the park.

The FBI has now confirmed that they will join APD and assist with their investigation.

Crimestoppers is now offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information.