HIRAM — Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge has set up a reward fund in the name of Tina Waddell, 42, who was found severely beaten on the Silver Comet Trail last week.
The fund, which is at the Bank of North Georgia branch in Hiram, was set up to help investigators find a suspect in the case, said Cpl. Ashley Henson, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
“This is a fund that will be overseen by the sheriff and will only be given to people who help with finding the individual or individuals that were involved in this incident,” Henson said.
\Waddell is believed to have been dragged into the woods and brutally attacked while running along the Silver Comet Trail in Paulding on July 29. Police have not identified the suspect, but Waddell described a white person with dark hard who beat her near the bridge that spans Academy Drive.
She was dragging herself back toward the trail, police said, when Peter Skott of Acworth saw her while he was riding his bike.
Every bone in Waddell’s face was broken after she was attacked, family members have told the media.
Funds may be donated to the Tina Waddell Reward Fund through Aug. 5, 2016 at Bank of North Georgia.
They may also be made anonymously.
\Henson said he did not yet know how much money had been raised.
Gulledge said he hopes the fund will help investigators, who still don’t have any suspects in the case, find some answers.
“The creation of this fund will hopefully prompt someone to break their silence that may be holding that key piece of information that could help us break this case,” Gulledge said.