River Valley Native Severely Beaten While Jogging

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PARIS (KFSM) - A River Valley woman is recovering after she was severely beaten to the point where she was unrecognizable, according to our sister station CBS 46.

Tina Waddell is a Logan County native from Paris.

Thursday in Dallas, Georgia, authorities said she went for a run on a trail alone. Her husband Jim Waddell said a different woman returned.

“That`s not my wife,” Jim Waddell said.

Investigators said she was brutally attacked by a man.

“The guy tried to drag her. She had scratches on her back where he tried to drag her. She put up a good fight because she`s got bruise marks all over her fists,” Jim Waddell said.

Tina Waddell's son told 5NEWS she is recovering from surgery and is conscious.

“She just said she was running and said he came at her from the front, and that`s all she remembered,” Waddell said.

Waddell said leaving a woman so brutally beaten is impossible to understand.

“She has a lot of broken bones in her face,” he said. “Her nose is broken. They`re going to have to wire her jaw shut, and that`s going to be about six to eight weeks there.”

Authorities don't believe Waddell was sexually abused.

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office in Georgia said the attacker’s motive is unclear at this time, and they do not have any suspects.


  • Eldon

    Sounds like a walking trail robbery gone bad. Hopefully they catch this guy before he strikes his next female.

    Hopefully they can get his DNA off her face or clothing.

    My guess is that the perpetrator has a lengthy record.

    I hope she makes a full recovery.

  • phil

    this story does not like much sense why would someone beat a pretty women what i see from the photo like this.
    like the other poster said maybe he tried to rob her and she refused

  • zztopperman

    This could happen anywhere. Remote trails are fun to run but they also leave people more vulnerable to attacks of all kinds. Oftentimes remote trails become hang-outs for seedy characters because they aren’t patrolled by police. Women and children are especially vulnerable, but nobody is exempt from attack….

  • Get Real

    Perfect example of why my wife and I both carry a concealed firearm. Perhaps the story might have had a different ending had she been armed. It’s a sad state of affairs when you need a partner to go jogging to maybe be safe from attack. I wonder why there’s no description of the attacker. That omission speaks volumes.

  • Angel

    Not to be negative, but something just doesn’t seem right here….perhaps she is covering for hubby or a boyfriend?

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