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Woman Murdered While Walking Dog Had 'F' 'A' 'T' Carved on Chest

Police have made no arrests in slaying of Katherine Janness
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2021 1:03 AM CDT
Updated Nov 17, 2021 2:28 AM CST
Woman Walking Dog in Atlanta Park Killed in Stabbing
Authorities are searching for the person who fatally stabbed a woman who was walking her dog in Piedmont Park, one of Atlanta's most popular parks, Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/R.J. Rico)

(Newser) Update: The woman found slain in an Atlanta park in July had the letters "F" "A" "T" carved in her chest, authorities say. She had also been stabbed dozens of times, NBC News reports, citing the medical examiner's report. The murders of the woman and her dog, which she was out walking at the time, remain unsolved and police have not said whether they have a suspect. Our original story from July 29 follows:

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A woman who took her dog out for a walk in Atlanta on Tuesday night ended up dead, alongside the dog. The bodies of Katherine Janness, 40, and her dog were found in Piedmont Park, one of the city's most popular parks, around 1am Wednesday, the AP reports. She'd had dinner with her wife earlier Tuesday evening, and it was her wife who found Janness' body after tracking Janness' cellphone to the park when she never returned home from the walk. She had suffered multiple stab wounds in what police say was a "gruesome" scene, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information as police search for a suspect.

Hours later, another woman's body was found at a park outside Atlanta in an apparently unrelated case. Parkgoers found her shot to death under a tree in Yellow River Park near Stone Mountain around 6:30am, the Journal-Constitution reports. A reward is also being offered in that case as police search for a suspect. (Read more Atlanta stories.)

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