COBB COUNTY, GA. (THECOUNT) — Katherine Janness, of Atlanta, Georgia, has been identified as the victim stabbed to death Wednesday along with her dog while walking in a public park in Cobb County.

“Katie” Janness, 40, was found stabbed to death along with her dog in Piedmont Park around 1 a.m. Wednesday. No arrests have been made.


Divers were seen searching a pond in the park, reports say.

Janness was found stabbed multiple times and Atlanta police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton described the scene as “gruesome.”

News outlets report that Janness was a bartender at a nearby restaurant.

Chip Powell said he had worked with Janness for eight years when she had been the bar manager at a local improv theater.

“Katie was the most down to earth, beautiful spirit that you would ever meet,” Powell told WXIA-TV. “So many people in the community knew and love her.”

Hampton said it’s too early to determine a motive for the killing.

Investigators are offering a $10,000 reward for information regarding the slaying.


Geo quick facts: Cobb County is a suburban county of Atlanta in the U.S. state of Georgia, located in the north central portion of the state. As of 2019, the population was 760,141, making it Georgia’s third most-populous county. Its county seat and largest city is Marietta – Wikipedia.