Atlanta Police Deny City Has Serial Killer on Loose After Slayings of 2 Women

Atlanta police are worried a social media post may be inciting fear in residents after it claims the city has a serial killer on the loose.

The social media post has been shared thousands of times, according to WSB-TV, and claims a serial killer in Atlanta is killing and mutilating women.

Apparently there’s a serial killer on the loose in Atlanta. This is so scary 😦

— Babyface Killa (@vmasterevan) July 31, 2021

The claims stem from what the post calls the "Piedmont park murder," where 40-year-old Katie Janness and her dog were found on July 28.

Janness was found in Piedmont Park with multiple stab wounds, according to police.

Newsweek was directed by Atlanta Police to a statement issued on July 30 addressing rumors and misinformation, in which they state, "There have been many rumors and much speculation surrounding this case, both among members of the public as well as internally. Much of the information is inaccurate and some is completely false."

A police news statement stated the FBI "is assisting with the investigation, but we are not releasing additional information on their involvement."

"Our Homicide Investigators are among the best in the business," the statement said. "They take each of their cases very seriously, spending countless hours working to identify and apprehend those responsible. This case is extremely important to us all and our investigators continue working tirelessly to identify anyone involved."

Usually when FBI gets involved in murder cases it’s something serious. It looks like we have a serial killer in Atlanta. That Piedmont park Murder was more brutal than what they are disclosing with us.

— annamariesarai (@annamariesarai) July 31, 2021

There is currently a $10,000 reward being offered to anyone with information on Janness' murder; call APD Homicide at 404-546-4235 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS with any information.

The viral social media post also claimed the death of Katie Janness is connected to another death, as the body of 18-year-old Tori Lang was found at Yellow River Park on Thursday.

Newsweek reached out to Gwinnett County Police for more information, who confirmed homicide detectives were investigating the case, but there is no connection between the two cases aside from public speculation.

A GoFundMe page for Katie Janness was created, and Janness' life partner, Emma Clark, wrote in the description, "Today I lost the love of my life and my baby boy. It was tragic. She was the most intelligent, kind, humble, and beautiful person I have ever known."

"He was the sweetest most loyal companion," Clark wrote in reference to their dog, Bowie. "My heart is so very broken, my world will never be the same."

"She was a wonderful spirit," said a man who spoke at Janness' vigil, held Sunday night, according to WSB-TV. "I don't want it be stained with things that you're hearing now, I want you to focus on the joy and love of Katie."

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The Atlanta Police Department has denied there is a serial killer in the city after people have begun speculating on social media. Norris Hall following being evacuated after reports of a security alert on the campus of Virginia Tech April 18, 2007 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Charles Ommanney/Getty Images