Woman in Silver Comet Trail attack released from hospital

Woman in Silver Comet Trail attack released from hospital

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Before and after image of Tina Waddell Before and after image of Tina Waddell
Family members released an image of Tina Waddell, who remains in the hospital. Family members released an image of Tina Waddell, who remains in the hospital.

Authorities confirm a woman brutally attacked on the Silver Comet Trail in late July has been released from the hospital.

Tina Waddell, 42, was severely beaten on Tuesday, July 29 sometime after 6:00 p.m. According to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, Waddell has moved back to Arkansas with family and is recovering at home.

Investigators say Waddell was jumped while walking on the bridge over Academy Drive and Vernoy Aiken Road. She was then dragged into the woods and was severely beaten about the head and face. The victim was left in the woods and later was able to make her way back to the trail where a bicyclist spotted her.

Paulding County deputies patrol the trail from dawn to dusk, but the county plans to add more and better cameras. The trail already has some cameras, but they only record. The county wants to install new HD cameras that would provide clearer images and could be monitored.

"We're looking at the idea of having those cameras attached to our 911 center so they can switch over and look at cameras if they get a call," said Michael Jones, a Paulding County administrator.

Family members released pictures of Waddell after the attack as a warning to others. The family asks for the public's support as she continues to recover. Every bone in Waddell's face was broken.

"It was awful," said Peter Skott who found the woman. "Her head was just disfigured."

Waddell could only identify her attacker as being a white male with dark hair. Detectives are still trying to determine the motive behind the brutal attack and no suspects have been named in the case at this time.

Authorities are offering a $23,000 reward for any information that can lead to the arrest and conviction of the attacker. Investigators are asking anyone who might have seen something around the trail between the Chamber of Commerce and Tara Drummond Trail Heads between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to call the Paulding County Sheriff's Office's Criminal Investigation division at 770-443-3015.

The “Take Back The Trail For Tina” fund has been set up to help pay for medical expenses. You can donate at any local Suntrust Bank.

Deputies recommend that anyone on the trail stay alert of their surroundings, keep a cell phone handy and most importantly, take a friend along with them.

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