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Family shares photo of woman attacked on Silver Comet Trail

The Waddell family shared a disturbing photos of Tina Waddell after a Tuesday evening attack, urging others to stay away from Silver Comet Trail.
The Waddell family shared a disturbing photos of Tina Waddell after a Tuesday evening attack, urging others to stay away from Silver Comet Trail.
Waddell Family

Family members of the woman attacked in the Paulding County area of Silver Comet Trail released pictures yesterday to show the aftermath of the severe attack and to warn others that the assailant is still on the loose, AJC reports.

Tina Waddell, 42, of Paulding County, was taking an evening jog on Tuesday at the popular Silver Comet Trail. When she reached the 19 1/2 mile marker, an unidentified assailant grabbed her, pulled her into the woods, and severely beat her.

Tina Waddell has been going to the trail several times a week without incident. Her husband, Jim Waddell, had no reason to believe she wouldn't be safe when she went for a jog as he left for the gym.

Close to 6:30 p.m., a man bicycling along the trail noticed Tina Waddell as she stumbled onto the embankment, bloodied and bruised from the vicious attack. Although she was able to tell the bike rider that she had been attacked, she wasn't able to communicate much else.

Waddell was taken to Kennestone Hospital in critical condition. She was in the intensive care unit Thursday afternoon. She's now in a regular room at the hospital, but had her first of several surgeries this morning. According to Jim Waddell, every bone in his wife's face has been broken, and her jaw will be wired shut for at least six to eight weeks.

As a result, Jim Waddell, along with other family members, shared a before and after picture of Tina Waddell with the public. They also urge others to stay away from Silver Comet Trail, a 65.1 mile-long trail that begins in Polk County and runs through Cobb County, Paulding County, and ends at the Alabama line.

Although Tina Waddell is on the road to recovery, it's been a difficult time for friends and family. In fact, doctors gave warning that she wouldn't be recognizable.

"They warned me before I saw her that there was a lot of swelling, and when I went in there, I just broke down. I've cried the last two days. I don't think I have any tears left inside of me," Jim Waddell said.

Even more alarming is that it appears, at least so far, that there isn't motive. Although she was severely beaten, Tina Waddell was not sexually assaulted. Friends and loved ones said that they don't know anyone who would want to hurt the YMCA nursery school teacher.

In addition to sharing her photo and alerting the public that they are not giving up until the assailant is found, family and friends have created a reward fund at Sun Trust bank to help with the attacker's capture. Anyone interested in donating can donate at any Sun Trust Bank, under the fund "Take Back the Trail for Tina."

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