Man Questioned In Silver Comet Trail Murder

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Paulding County authorities are questioning a man they are calling a "person of interest" in connection with the disappearance of a 54-year-old Sandy Springs woman on the Silver Comet Trail.
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Britney

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Jul 27, 2006
 
The city of Cobb County needs to light this trail, it is far too dangerous for anyone to walk, jog, bike, etc... on the silver comet rail trail. I have been on this trail and would never go alone even with a vicious dog by my side. This trail needs to have better lighting, and it would be great if there were a park ranger hired and perhaps a small entry fee to enter aresa of the trail; possibly a small parking fee in order for the city to afford this type of protection. It angers me that this has occured because there are not many areas in Cobb County to enjoy the beauty of nature safely.
Heather

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Jul 27, 2006
 
This was a horrible thing that happened but I really don't think that lighting it would do anything at all. The trail is supposed to be closed after dark. I agree that noone should walk or bike on this trail alone. There are officers on patrol. They are on 4-wheelers. I live in Paulding near a very remote part of the trail. You will see the officers more often in those remote areas. I think it is horrible that people have to be scared on the trail. It is so nice but, like everything else we do, we have to use good sense and do the best we can to protect ourselves. Take pepper spray when you go. Don't go alone. You have to remember that people can just walk on to this trail from anywhere.
Alex

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Jul 28, 2006
 
This incident happened in a remote area 14 miles past the parking lot where the victum started. Lighting the trail is not a plausible option and would be way too expensive. Like Heather said the trail is closed past dark anyway, and people have no business being there past dark anyway. This was a terrible event that could happen anywhere, even in your own home. The reality is today's world is a sick and twisted place. Tragedies like this happen every few seconds across the country. I've been on the Silver Comet trail with my wife and from the first time I was on it it was obvious to me that it had the potential to be a very dangerous place. We ran across people that obviously were not there to run, jog or exercise in anyway, and seemed very shady in demeanor. When you see someone that looks out of place you need to be on guard. Places like these have the potential to be havens for stalkers, rapists and sick people looking to prey on the unaware. On a side note Pepper spray is not going to do anything to someone who really wants to attack you. If the attacker is intoxicated from Alcohol or drugs the pepper sray will be totally ineffective. These trails are perfectly safe if stay on the parts where there are a lot of other people around. If you are going to venture way out towards the secluded parts of the trail like 14 miles out you need to take precautions to protect yourself. I recommend either a stun gun or a small caliber pistol.
Heather B

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Jul 29, 2006
 
I was sickened by this news. Words cannot express how I feel about this - mostly about the victim and her fear,suffering and senseless death. I once lived near the trail and enjoyed it many times. A few times I did go alone, but thought better of it and I stopped. The trail is just too remote in parts and on certain days/times. It seems impossible that someone can patrol every part of the trail at all times. Wouldn't it have been easier to have kept this disgusting excuse for a man locked up far away from the general public? Try to imagine people out for a day of excercise carrying guns along with their water bottles!)( I know this is an exageration, but I agree with prior comment that "pepper spray" is ineffective.) It seems to me, that it is the job of law enforcement to keep us protected from the lunatics or we take responsibilty for our own protection, becoming a fearful and paranoid (rightly so) gun-toting society but with the freedom to go where we want when we want. It all sounds crazy, I know. Sadly, any real and solid solutions are never simple.
Sean W

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Jul 29, 2006
 
My home is in Austell on the trail that we all in Atlanta and other areas have profoundly heard of this haenous crime that was commited. MEN WOMEN CHILDREN BOYS AND GIRLS, Please carry any sort of an alarm device with you--from a whistle to a small horn. My heart is broken.
Pixie

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Jul 30, 2006
 
Better yet, never venture out alone. The "buddy system" works for adults and children alike.
Pixie

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Jul 30, 2006
 
Why does it say "Middleburry, CT"? I am most certainly not from CT.
ATLien

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Aug 18, 2006
 
I ride the trail buy myself all the time. I have a solution to this problems that is being used in many parts of the world. Emergancy Boxes, you know the boxes that have blinking lights ontop of them, and when you push the button it calls 911 and sounds a extremely loud alarm. One of those about every half a mile would make this trail alot safer, and would not cost to much. http://www.codeblue.com/Products/CB_III.html They are used on college campuses all over the world, and work great. They should also invest in police patrol in cobb county. I paulding has 4 wheelers, but cobb has bike police and the only one I have ever seen was sitting in the parking lot talking to a friend.
dallascitizen

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Mar 31, 2008
 
britney, the trail closes at dark. that means that everyone on the trail should be off.
Britney wrote:
The city of Cobb County needs to light this trail, it is far too dangerous for anyone to walk, jog, bike, etc... on the silver comet rail trail. I have been on this trail and would never go alone even with a vicious dog by my side. This trail needs to have better lighting, and it would be great if there were a park ranger hired and perhaps a small entry fee to enter aresa of the trail; possibly a small parking fee in order for the city to afford this type of protection. It angers me that this has occured because there are not many areas in Cobb County to enjoy the beauty of nature safely.
PolkCountyFamily

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Apr 3, 2008
 
What is going on with that trial, does anyone know? I haven't heard anything about it in a while.
Chuck

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Jun 2, 2008
 
Heather B wrote:
...It seems to me, that it is the job of law enforcement to keep us protected from the lunatics ...
Sorry Heather, but the opposite is now case law. LEO's have no obligation to protect us from lunatics.
Michelle

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Nov 22, 2009
 
My boyfriend and I are on up in our age and have recently started riding the trail from one point to the next. I live in Alabama and have never heard of the murder until our recent trip to Smyrna to do the next leg of our trip. I have NEVER gone without a gun or some sort of protection. Once on the trail in Alabama there was a man on a motorcycle of all things which are prohibited!!! He was unkept and standing muddy by the side of the road I was terrified even in the middle of the day. I would not 1) go without anyone at any given time 2) carry a weapon for protection. If you have seen the people on tv who get pepper sprayed, tasered and such without it affecting them due to drugs then what are your chances? I would suggest to ANYONE doing the trail to be armed...period! It is not up to law enforcement to protect you on this trail it is up to you to protect yourself and be smart.

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