A 42-year-old woman managed to drag herself onto the side of a trail after being badly beaten and dumped in some woods in Paulding County.
It was a bicyclist who noticed the woman lying on the side of Silver Comet Trail and called for help, according to the Paulding County Sheriff's Office.
The call came in at 6:42 p.m. about the badly injured woman lying on the side of the trail, the sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Ashley Henson said. The bicyclist told dispatchers that the woman was badly injured and kept going in and out of consciousness, officials said.
Paramedics responded to the scene and stabilized the woman so that she could be airlifted to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, Henson said.
Detectives assessing the scene determined the crime began on the bridge, which goes over Academy Drive and Vernoy Aiken Road, and stretched into an adjacent wooded area, Henson said. The attack was on the trail between the Chamber of Commerce and Tara Drummond Trail Heads and may have happened as early as 5 p.m., according to a media report.
"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," Henson said.
Detectives believe that the female was taken into the wooded area and left there by the attacker, he said. The female later pulled herself out of the wooded area where she was discovered by the passing bicyclist, Henson said.
Detectives said they are still trying to determine the motive for the attack.
“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,” Henson said. The woman, who has not been identified, told deputies she was walking eastbound toward Hiram when she was attacked.
There was no evidence that woman was sexually assaulted, officials said. Her condition was not known late Wednesday.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious between 5 and 8 p.m. along that stretch of the trial is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (770) 443-3015.