The FBI announced Thursday that it joined in on the investigation of a Georgia woman and her dog found stabbed to death in Atlanta’s popular Piedmont Park.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the incident happened Wednesday off of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive. Katherine Janness, 40, told her fiancee, Emma Clark, she was taking a walk with their dog, Bowie, and was never seen alive again.
When Janness failed to return home, Clark reportedly traced the victim by using a phone app and found both Janness and Bowie dead at the entrance of the park.
According to Fox 5 Atlanta, an officer with the Atlanta Police Department said the victim was found stabbed numer0us times.
“It’s a gruesome scene,” said Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton Jr. “Upon their arrival, they did, in fact, find a female deceased in the park, appears to be from some type of stable wounds.”
On Thursday, divers were seen searching a nearby lake for hours, looking for evidence and clues. Investigators were knocking on neighbors’ doors seeking information and possible security footage.
RIP: Katie Janness went out to take her fiance's 3-year-old pit bull Bowie for a walk early Wednesday morning and never came back. Both were found dead near the entrance to the park at 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive. MORE: https://t.co/NbataDGRfS pic.twitter.com/Ok09xdQffG
— FOX 5 Atlanta (@FOX5Atlanta) July 30, 2021
“She was the most intelligent, kind, humble and beautiful person I have ever known,” Clark wrote on a GoFundMe page. “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.”
So far, it’s unclear whether this was a random or a targeted attack
The Atlanta Police Department is offering a $10,000 reward for information that will lead to an arrest and an indictment in the case. Contact the Atlanta Police Homicide Unit or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.
“We want the public to know that the park is safe,” Chata Sparks, APD’s director of public affairs, said.
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[Featured Photo: Katherine Janness/Facebook; Atlanta PD]