Woman found dead with her dog after being stabbed 50 times

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WARNING — DISTURBING CONTENT: A medical examiner report has revealed horrific details about a woman found dead in a park near her dog as police continue the search for her killer.

Katherine Janness, 40, was found just inside an entrance to Piedmont Park, in the US state of Atlanta, about 1am (local time) on July 28.

She had been stabbed multiple times in what the deputy police chief described as a gruesome scene. Her dog, Bowie, was found dead nearby.

However, it was only late last week the medical examiner’s report was released stating how she died.

Katherine Janness, 40, pictured with a dog.
Katherine Janness, 40, was found slain in a park. Source: CBS 46

Dr Karen E Sullivan, the county’s medical examiner, wrote in her report Ms Janness had suffered 50 cuts including 15 to her head, The Atlanta Constitution Journal reported. She classified it as a homicide.

“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,” Dr Sullivan wrote.

She added the letters “FAT” were found carved into her torso.

Her killer remains at large.

Katherine Janness, 40, is pictured walking her dog Bowie on CCTV.
Ms Janness not long before she died. Source: Alive 11

Killer 'a monster'

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms played down suggestions a serial killer was responsible when she spoke to the media in August.

She also said despite the fact Ms Janness was a member of the area’s LGBTQ community there was no evidence the slaying was a hate crime.

The mayor called the person responsible “a monster”.

Her wife, Emma Clark, was the one who found her dead. Ms Clark used a phone tracking app to find Ms Janness.

“I ran up to her, I tried to feel for a pulse but it was clear that she was gone. I turned around and I just ran out of the park,” Ms Clark told WXIA-TV.

“It was dark, and I didn’t know what was going on. I was terrified and shocked. That’s when I called the cops immediately.”

The FBI is assisting local police with the investigation.

with The Associated Press

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