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PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman was attacked while jogging on the Silver Comet Trail in Paulding County Tuesday evening.

Paulding County Sheriff's spokesperson Ashley Henson said the attack happened near Academy Drive at around 6:45 p.m.

The victim's injuries were severe enough to require her to be taken to a hospital by Life Flight.

A description of the suspect has not been released, and no one has been arrested.

 

http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/dallas/2014/07/30/silver-comet-trail-attack/13352019/

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The brief radio brief was all I heard too. I came here for a better report.

It would be better to know if some attacker was still on the loose.

The public can often be helpful, with a better idea of what they need to be looking for.

I dislike bad publicity as bad as anyone, but something like this seems it would be better to inform the public.

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The brief radio brief was all I heard too. I came here for a better report.

It would be better to know if some attacker was still on the loose.

The public can often be helpful, with a better idea of what they need to be looking for.

I dislike bad publicity as bad as anyone, but something like this seems it would be better to inform the public.

I agree, but if her injuries were severe enough for Lifeflight, she may be unable to give a description. But as soon as any info is available, it needs to be released to the public, either to help apprehend this low life criminal or to warn others away from the danger that is obviously out there.

 

I would never in a million years jog alone on that trail. Never. Never. Never. But the real shame is, is that if I wanted to, I couldn't because I may be attacked or klilled. Criminals like this need to be exterminated.

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I agree, but if her injuries were severe enough for Lifeflight, she may be unable to give a description. But as soon as any info is available, it needs to be released to the public, either to help apprehend this low life criminal or to warn others away from the danger that is obviously out there.

 

I would never in a million years jog alone on that trail. Never. Never. Never. But the real shame is, is that if I wanted to, I couldn't because I may be attacked or klilled. Criminals like this need to be exterminated.

 

Well, you know your and my motto is - It Only Takes One Time. Yes, people should be able to occupy the trail in broad daylight without fear for their safety. But the truth is, mean people are out there. And it only takes one time, and BAM. :sigh:

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Female Attacked on the Silver Comet Trail
(Paulding County, GA) On July 29, 2014 at approximately 6:42 pm a bicyclist on the Silver
Comet Trail noticed a white female lying on the side of the trail that appeared badly
injured. The bicyclist called Paulding County E-911 to get assistance for the female who
was going in and out of consciousness. Once emergency responders arrived on scene they
stabilized the female so she could be air-lifted. The female victim, who is 42 years old, was
flown via helicopter to Kennestone Hospital. Once Deputies and Detectives arrived they
began assessing the crime scene which began on the bridge which goes over Academy
Drive/Vernoy Aiken Road (19.58 Mile Marker) and stretched into an adjacent wooded area.
The preliminary investigation reveals that the female was severely beaten about the head
and face and that she was going in and out of consciousness during the attack. It also
revealed that there were no obvious signs of sexual assault. From what we have learned,
Detectives believe that the female was taken into the wooded area and left there by the
attacker. The female later pulled herself out of the wooded area where she was discovered
by the passing bicyclist. As of now, Detectives are trying to determine what the motive for
this attack was.
Since the attack was so violent and her injuries were so severe, the victim could only
indicate that a white male suspect with dark hair attacked her. She further explained that
she was walking eastbound (toward Hiram) when she was attacked.
The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone that may have seen anything suspicious on the Silver
Comet Trail between the Chamber of Commerce and Tara Drummond Trail Heads on July
29, 2014 between the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm to contact the Criminal Investigations
Division at (770) 443-3015.

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Well, you know your and my motto is - It Only Takes One Time. Yes, people should be able to occupy the trail in broad daylight without fear for their safety. But the truth is, mean people are out there. And it only takes one time, and BAM. :sigh:

Yep......to all of the above.

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What we know is there was no robbery or rape and that the woman cannot describe attacker?

 

Most stranger-based crimes against a person involve those motives. That begs the question whether the victim is actually afraid to name the attacker. Just a thought.

 

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What we know is there was no robbery or rape and that the woman cannot describe attacker?

 

Most stranger-based crimes against a person involve those motives. That begs the question whether the victim is actually afraid to name the attacker. Just a thought.

 

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Pubby, I agree. Edited by Shagnastey
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What we know is there was no robbery or rape and that the woman cannot describe attacker?

 

Most stranger-based crimes against a person involve those motives. That begs the question whether the victim is actually afraid to name the attacker. Just a thought.

 

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Exactly what I was thinking. And for all we know, she was attacked somewhere else and dumped there; if I'm not mistaken there is a trailhead and parking lot nearby (though the above article states she was walking on the trail).

 

No matter. All the fearmongers will be out in force anyway, stating how dangerous it is to walk on the trail. Two attacks in 8 years, and they'd rather drive on the roads where people are killed every single day. It's laughable.

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Further, if it was a deliberate attack - even if it was by a stranger paid to do so and who may have left her for dead - it is not likely that someone stalking a victim in that situation, would be deterred by their target being armed. They would just wait until a more opportune time to effect their mayhem.

 

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It is too bad that you cant enjoy the Comet Trail, but it is just as dangerous at some of the other parks. Have you walked at Mount Tabor ? Part of the paved trail is hidden from the parking lot And I would never bike those trails alone or unarmed. I decided to do my walking at the court house No shade ,but at least anyone can see the entire track and keep an eye out

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What we know is there was no robbery or rape and that the woman cannot describe attacker?

 

Most stranger-based crimes against a person involve those motives. That begs the question whether the victim is actually afraid to name the attacker. Just a thought.

 

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Yep, this had already crossed my mind as well. UNLESS it was a random act where the guy was on something or had mental issues and just randomly attacked the first person he saw. Since she was found near the road, however, it crossed my mind that she wasn't actully on the trail, but had perhaps jumped or got thrown out of a car.

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Not bustin' on you, Nina, but the lady who was murdered had her pepper spray and the Emerson girl who was snatched (and later murdered) was some degree belt in judo and had a dog with her. I'm all for Mr. Walther, though. ;)

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Thought I might add this chart of the 50 "safest cities" in Georgia to the topic as it seems, somehow strangely relevant.

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Movoto Real Estate's Safest Places In Georgia

CITY POPULATION RANK MURDERS PER 100,000 RESIDENTS VIOLENT CRIMES PER 100,000 RESIDENTS PROPERTY CRIMES PER 100,000 RESIDENTS TOTAL CRIMES PER 100,000 RESIDENTS CHANCE OF CRIME
Johns Creek 76,728 1 0.3 0.9 0.3 0.1 0.40
Acworth 20,425 2 0.3 0.6 1.8 0.6 0.83
Canton 22,958 3 0.3 2.1 1.2 0.4 1.00
Kennesaw 29,783 4 0.3 2.7 0.9 0.3 1.05
Grovetown 11,216 5 0.3 1.2 3.6 1.1 1.55
Duluth 26,600 6 0.3 3 2.1 0.9 1.58
Suwanee 15,355 7 0.3 3.6 3 1 1.98
Dallas 11,544 8 0.3 4.8 3.3 1.2 2.40
Woodstock 23,896 9 0.3 4.5 4.2 1.4 2.60
Loganville 10,458 10 0.3 3.9 5.4 1.7 2.83
Milton 32,661 11 10.5 0.3 0.6 0.2 2.90
Fayetteville 15,945 12 0.3 5.7 4.2 1.5 2.93
Fairburn 12,950 13 9.3 1.5 2.4 0.7 3.48
Alpharetta 57,551 13 9.3 1.5 2.4 0.7 3.48
Roswell 88,346 15 9 4.2 1.5 0.5 3.80
Perry 13,839 16 0.3 9.9 3.9 1.3 3.85
Decatur 19,335 16 0.3 5.7 7.2 2.2 3.85
McDonough 22,084 18 0.3 8.1 6.6 2.1 4.28
Lawrenceville 28,546 19 0.3 6.9 7.8 2.6 4.40
VillaRica 13,956 20 0.3 6.3 9 2.9 4.63
Sugar Hill 18,522 21 0.3 7.2 10.2 3.2 5.23
Pooler 19,140 22 11.4 3.3 4.8 1.6 5.28
Snellville 18,242 23 0.3 4.8 12.3 3.9 5.33
Winder 14,099 24 0.3 9.3 8.7 3.1 5.35
Milledgeville 17,715 25 0.3 8.7 9.6 3.3 5.48
PowderSprings 13,940 26 0.3 15.6 5.7 2 5.90
Kingsland 15,946 27 0.3 14.1 6.9 2.4 5.93
Sandy Springs 93,853 28 10.5 5.4 6 1.9 5.95
Calhoun 15,650 29 0.3 6.6 12.9 4.1 5.98
Dunwoody 46,267 30 9.3 2.4 9.3 3 6.00
Smyrna 51,271 31 12.6 9 5.1 1.8 7.13
Dalton 33,128 32 12.6 7.8 8.4 2.7 7.88
Newnan 33,039 33 12.6 10.2 7.5 2.5 8.20
Lilburn 11,596 34 0.3 10.8 17.4 5.5 8.50
Conyers 15,195 35 0.3 12.3 17.1 5.7 8.85
Athens-Clarkeunified 115,452 36 11.1 11.1 10.5 3.5 9.05
Valdosta 54,518 37 11.4 12.9 9.9 3.4 9.40
Savannah 136,286 38 16.5 10.5 8.1 2.8 9.48
Statesboro 28,422 39 14.1 8.4 11.7 3.8 9.50
Douglasville 30,961 40 0.3 16.2 16.2 5.6 9.58
Gainesville 33,804 41 15.3 9.6 11.1 3.6 9.90
St.Marys 17,121 42 18 13.2 6.3 2.3 9.95
Cartersville 19,731 43 16.5 7.2 12.6 4 10.08
Hinesville 33,437 43 12.6 13.2 10.8 3.7 10.08
Dublin 16,201 45 0.3 17.7 18 5.9 10.48
Tifton 16,350 46 0.3 18 18.9 6.1 10.83
Marietta 56,579 47 9.3 19.2 11.4 4.3 11.05
Rome 36,303 48 11.4 14.7 15.6 5.2 11.73
Americus 17,041 49 0.3 20.7 19.5 6.7 11.80
Covington 13,118 50 14.1 12.6 15.9 5.1 11.93
Carrollton 24,388 50 14.7 16.8 12 4.2 11.93
LaGrange 29,588 50 16.5 12 14.4 4.8 11.93

 

 

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Not bustin' on you, Nina, but the lady who was murdered had her pepper spray and the Emerson girl who was snatched (and later murdered) was some degree belt in judo and had a dog with her. I'm all for Mr. Walther, though. ;)

The Emerson girl supposedly didn't fight the guy because he threatened to kill her dog. Once he had her tied up - she couldn't defend herself.

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Further, if it was a deliberate attack - even if it was by a stranger paid to do so and who may have left her for dead - it is not likely that someone stalking a victim in that situation, would be deterred by their target being armed. They would just wait until a more opportune time to effect their mayhem.

 

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Or it could have been that the attacker was scared off by someone or something and left her there.

 

Praying for this woman.

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Not bustin' on you, Nina, but the lady who was murdered had her pepper spray and the Emerson girl who was snatched (and later murdered) was some degree belt in judo and had a dog with her. I'm all for Mr. Walther, though. ;)

And you make a great point. Just because someone is armed does not guarantee they would be 100% safe from any attack scenario. But a certain quote comes to mind here. "Better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it."

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The Emerson girl supposedly didn't fight the guy because he threatened to kill her dog. Once he had her tied up - she couldn't defend herself.

 

I had forgotten the details. Bless her heart.

 

 

And you make a great point. Just because someone is armed does not guarantee they would be 100% safe from any attack scenario. But a certain quote comes to mind here. "Better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it."

 

Amen, sister. Amen.

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What we know is there was no robbery or rape and that the woman cannot describe attacker?

 

Most stranger-based crimes against a person involve those motives. That begs the question whether the victim is actually afraid to name the attacker. Just a thought.

 

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I would normally agree with this, but given the degree of drug abuse in Paulding - I would bet robbery was a motive, there was just nothing to rob from a jogger. The only eye witness account says she was crawling when he found her…which would leave me to believe that she didn't have a phone with her?

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I would normally agree with this, but given the degree of drug abuse in Paulding - I would bet robbery was a motive, there was just nothing to rob from a jogger. The only eye witness account says she was crawling when he found her…which would leave me to believe that she didn't have a phone with her?

 

The reports I heard said that either her phone and keys were stolen or lost in the brush.

The part about lost in the brush surprised me, because I would think they should be able to find those items with a metal detector.

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Struggling to speak, Waddell said it was not an accident.....

 

And she said, ‘No. I was assaulted.’ I could barely hear her. She obviously had major head trauma… Injuries you couldn’t do with hands alone. …Her head was really swollen.”

 

Waddell could be heard faintly in the background trying to answer some of the questions Skott relayed from the operator.

Asked her age, Waddell answered using her fingers.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/woman-attacked-seriously-injured-on-silver-comet-t/ngqzL/

A phone might not have been very useful to her anyway.

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 Skott spotted her. (see link below)

 

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/26151627/woman-brutally-attacked-on-silver-comet-trail shows the area where this happened, and it isn't isolated (also not at or near McPherson, the road in the adjacent MH park is called McPherson Parkway). I walked down that same hill to the road and back up again to/from the trail with my dog last year to allow a bunch of bicycles to cross the bridge before we crossed in the opposite direction. If she was on the bridge itself, there was no way for her to escape her attacker. It's also possible she had money that was taken and doesn't remember, considering the extent of her injuries. Her husband would have known she had a phone and besides, who doesn't?

 

Say you have a gun - what are you going to do, pull it on everyone you encounter? Walk/jog with your hand on the grip? Seems to me you are just as likely to be shot as you are to protect yourself and probably should just not bother if it is that worrisome. If you want to be safe, go with a/some friend/s.

 

I don't know why there aren't regular patrols, being that suitable vehicles were purchased for this purpose back when the trail was completed. Or one of the deputies seen riding around the courthouse property on similar vehicles could go across the road and actually make themselves useful and protect people who enjoy use of the trail. I walked the trail at the Coots Lake area back into Paulding daily for several years and saw them patrolling maybe twice the entire time...I eventually stopped walking there myself because there weren't so many others walking as cycling.

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Where are the nearest cameras to the attack area? I know there are some at the silver comet intersection at the sewer plant. I am sure the detectives will be able to see the time that she passed by and get a better idea of the time of attack (or maybe a pic of the perp)

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I don't think it's economically feasible to install cameras along the trail...different matter at the water treatment plant (I assume that's what you mean by sewer plant), as it could be targeted for mischief (or worse).

 

The cameras i am referring to are pointed both directions along the trail, i don't remember them being pointed at the water plant entrance. I didn't know if there were others in the paulding jurisdiction of the trail.......

 

In cobb county, the SCT has cameras with night vision IR and they are located "almost" each place it crosses a road

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The cameras i am referring to are pointed both directions along the trail, i don't remember them being pointed at the water plant entrance. I didn't know if there were others in the paulding jurisdiction of the trail.......

 

In cobb county, the SCT has cameras with night vision IR and they are located "almost" each place it crosses a road

 

Yeh, but does Cobb have a movie studio and a commercial airport?

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