Woman killed in Piedmont Park was stabbed more than 50 times, M.E. says

ATLANTA — The Medical Examiner’s Office has released the autopsy report for a woman murdered in Piedmont Park over the summer.

Warning: The details in this story are disturbing.

Katherine “Katie” Janness, 40, was stabbed to death along with her dog Bowie in the park early on the morning of July 28.

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The Medical Examiner’s report released Friday revealed that Janness was stabbed more than 50 times in the face, neck and torso. She also suffered blunt force injuries to her face, neck and extremities.

Her throat was slashed and the letters “F,” “A” and “T” were etched into her body, according to the report.

The Medical Examiner ruled Janness’ death a homicide and said she died of sharp force injuries that caused major damage to her blood vessels and organs.


The night that she was killed, Janness had dinner with her wife, Emma Clark, and then took her dog for a walk in the park.

When Janness didn’t come home, Clark pinged her phone. Clark went to the park, where she found the disfigured body of Janness and her dead dog near the 10th Street entrance.

The FBI joined local law enforcement in the investigation of Janness’ murder in August. Police have not released any leads on any potential suspects.

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Emma Clark’s father, Terrell Clark, released a statement on behalf of the family on Friday night:

“With todays release of Katie’s autopsy report its more important than ever that the search for her killer be a top priority for APD and the FBI,” Terrell Clark wrote. “The report is extremely heartbreaking to read and know the exact nature of what Katie endured in her final moments on this Earth. Whoever is responsible is very disturbed and remains a danger to everyone’s safety. Please be vigilant and aware of your surroundings for we would hate for any family to be put through this nightmare.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police.


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