- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

DALLAS, Ga. (AP) - The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that it plans to add dozens of high-resolution cameras along the Silver Comet Trail in the wake of an attack that left a jogger severely injured.

About 47 high-resolution digital cameras would be added at about 21 locations along the trail in the first phase of the project, with more cameras added later.

The expansion of cameras would be a dramatic upgrade, since there now only three sites with cameras along Paulding County’s 18-mile portion of the trail.

The sheriff also hopes to purchase two more vehicles to patrol the trail.

The 42-year-old woman was attacked July 29 and is continuing to recover at a hospital. No arrests have been made.

The exact costs of the upgrades haven’t been determined, but Sheriff Gary Gulledge said a budget not to exceed $275,000 will be requested from the Paulding County Board of Commissioners. That amount is based on the anticipated scope of work for the first phase of the project, he said.

Officials estimate that the first phase of improvements will be complete in the next 60 days.

It will take longer to add cameras to other sections of the trail in the second phase of the project, partly because that will involve extending an existing fiber optic network, the sheriff said.

Also Thursday, Gulledge announced that a reward fund in the case has risen to about $10,000.

The reward fund will remain in place until Aug. 5, 2016, the sheriff has said. If no one has been arrested by then and detectives have no new leads, the money will be refunded back to donors; used to buy more cameras and equipment for the trail; or given to the department’s “Cops for Kids” Christmas shopping program for needy children. Donors can specify their choice of the three options when they give money, Gulledge said.

The Silver Comet is part of the nation’s longest paved trail, which stretches more than 90 miles from Atlanta’s northwest suburbs to Anniston, Alabama.

In Georgia, the 61.5 miles of the path is known as the Silver Comet Trail and runs from Smyrna to the Alabama state line.

In Alabama, the path is known as the Chief Ladiga Trail and extends another 33 miles from the state line to Anniston.

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