Paulding sheriff establishes reward fund in Silver Comet attack

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PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. —

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office has set up a reward fund to find the person responsible for severely beating a woman on a popular trail.
 
Tina Waddell, 42, was discovered lying on the side of the Silver Comet Trail Tuesday evening by a bicyclist.
 
The sheriff’s office made the decision to start the reward fund after a couple anonymous donors came forward with substantial contributions. The family had set up its own reward fund last week.
 
Cpl. Ashley Henson says the sheriff's actions "in no way indicates we believe the family is or has done anything wrong or improper," but he wanted to establish the fund to have more control over the reward.
 
Contributions to the fund can be made at "Tina Waddell Reward Fund" at the Bank of North Georgia.
 
Over the weekend, family, friends and neighbors gathered on the trail to finish the walk Waddell was not able to complete and to “take back the trail for Tina.”