Katherine Janness Identified as Woman Found Stabbed to Death With Her Dog in Atlanta Park

A manhunt remains underway after a 40-year-old woman was found stabbed to death in a "gruesome" attack at one of Atlanta's most popular parks, police said.

Katherine Janness' body was discovered with multiple stab wounds in Piedmont Park shortly after 1 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, the Atlanta Police Department said in a news release. Her dog was also killed in the park, police said.

The department released a photo of Janness crossing a rainbow-painted crosswalk with her dog near the park in the Midtown neighborhood and urged anyone with information to get in touch.

Investigators are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information.

APD needs your help solving a homicide that occurred on July 28, 2021 at Piedmont Park. The woman & her dog were both killed inside the park. A $10k reward is being offered for info. Contact @StopCrimeATL at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or call the APD Homicide Unit at 404-546-4235. pic.twitter.com/iDsL4yflMd

— Atlanta Police Department (@Atlanta_Police) July 28, 2021

Police have yet to release any details about a suspect.

Early Wednesday, Atlanta Police Deputy Chief Charles Hampton described the scene near the 10th Street entrance of the park as "gruesome."

"The case is still being actively investigated and I do not have any suspect information at this time," a spokesman for the police department told Newsweek on Wednesday.

Officers were doing a "thorough" canvas of the park and waiting for daylight to see if there is more evidence that could help them solve the crime, Hampton told WSB-TV early Wednesday.

"The darkness is kind of hampering us right now. Once we get some more daylight, that will help shed some light," Hampton said.

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

Officers were also working to retrace the victim's steps and determine why she was in the park.

Anyone who may have information about Wednesday's fatal stabbing is urged to contact police Atlanta Police Homicide Unit at 404-546-4235 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

The incident comes as a man accused of killing eight people, most of them women of Asian descent, at three Atlanta-area spas was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison, a day after pleading guilty to four of the killings that took place in Cherokee County.

Robert Aaron Long entered a plea of guilty to the killings of 49-year-old Xiaojie "Emily" Tan, 44-year-old Daoyou Feng, 33-year-old Delaina Yaun and 54-year-old Paul Michels on Tuesday.

He is still facing the death penalty for the other deaths, which are being prosecuted in Fulton County.

The 22-year-old shot and killed four people at Young's Asian Massage in Cherokee County on March 16. A fifth person was wounded. Police said he then drove to Atlanta, where he shot and killed three women at Gold Spa before crossing the street to Aromatherapy Spa and fatally shot another woman.

Update 7/29/21, 10.15 a.m. ET: This article and headline has been updated to include the victim's identity and additional details.

People walk through Piedmont Park
People walk through Piedmont Park on May 10, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Paras Griffin/Getty Images