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ketel0ne
07-26-2006, 04:10 PM
PD Look for Missing Woman in Cobb (http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=82474)

Police in Smyrna are looking for a missing 54-year-old woman, last seen at the Silver Comet Trail Tuesday afternoon.

Friends and family of Jennifer Ewing, the missing woman, continue to turn out to search for her. Smyrna Police, as well as other local police agencies, are leading the search effort.

Ewing was last seen Tuesday around 1:00 p.m., riding her bicycle on the trail. Her family told 11Alive that she usually bikes about 25 miles down the trail, then turns around and bikes back, the journey beginning and ending at the trail head in Smyrna, near Nickajack Elementary School.


Pictures at link.

Reader
07-26-2006, 04:19 PM
Unfortunately, it looks like her body has been found:

http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=82495

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) -- Officials in Paulding County found a woman's body Wednesday along the Silver Comet Trail, and a Smyrna Police Department spokesman said the body was believed to be that of a missing 54-year-old woman.

Jennifer Ewing of Sandy Springs had gone riding on the trail on Tuesday, but failed to return home.

"What we believe to be the body of Jennifer Ewing" has been found in Paulding County, Smyrna spokesman Sgt. Robert Harvey said. "The body has not been positively identified by the GBI."

ketel0ne
07-26-2006, 06:50 PM
Foul Play Suspected in Ewing Death (http://www.11alive.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=82521)

Police say they suspect foul play in the death of a 54-year-old woman along the Silver Comet Trail.

Jennifer Ewing was found dead on Wednesday morning just across the Paulding County line. Ewing went cycling on the trail on Tuesday and never came home.

Investigators say they are waiting on forensic evidence and a pending autopsy. Just off the trail, Ewing’s body was found virtually nude in a bed of kudzu. They say there were visible signs of trauma and obvious signs of a struggle. They say her clothing was shredded, and not all of it on her body. Her shorts, specifically, were off.

Police say she fought her attackers every step of the way.

“She put up a struggle,” said Paulding County Sheriff Bruce Harris. “We feel like she put up a struggle.”

southcitymom
07-26-2006, 09:01 PM
This happened at a very popular bike trail here in Georgia.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/0726missing.html

concernedperson
07-26-2006, 09:07 PM
The Sandy Springs woman whose body was found off the Silver Comet Trail

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/0726missing.html was killed, an investigator told reporters Wednesday.

Lt. Col. Jim Walker of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office told reporters that his office is investigating the death of Jennifer Ewing, 54 as a homocide. Authorities have strung up police tape and worked from a mobile crimer-scene unit throughout Wednesday afternoon at the site off the SilverComet Trail where search crews found the woman's body about 11 a.m.

The GBI has not formally confirmed the body found was that of Ewing, but the family has issued a statement confirming her death.

concernedperson
07-26-2006, 09:16 PM
Police believe this to be a random murder and they have a few leads.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/9576152/detail.html

Watch out Atlantans this isn't good news for any of us.

concernedperson
07-27-2006, 10:04 AM
Convicted rapist being questioned in murder of Sandy Springs mom, Jennifer Ewing.


http://www.wsbtv.com/news/9583095/detail.html

montana_16
07-27-2006, 03:10 PM
She's such a pretty, sweet looking lady. From the story a very wonderful person.

I'm starting to be ashamed of being human. Why as a species are we so homicidal? Animals generally kill for food or territory or defense.

georgiagirl
07-27-2006, 03:18 PM
Well, I guess evil has now infiltrated the Silver Comet Trail. This is ridiculous- nowhere is safe!

southcitymom
07-27-2006, 03:28 PM
I know - that's such a beautiful, cool place. It's terrible for it to be so sullied. This woman sounds like she was just an amazing addition to the race. So sad.

ANGRYWOLF
07-27-2006, 03:34 PM
on his crime blog as well...

http://huffcrimeblog.com/

Sundayrain
07-27-2006, 03:50 PM
She's such a pretty, sweet looking lady. From the story a very wonderful person.

I'm starting to be ashamed of being human. Why as a species are we so homicidal? Animals generally kill for food or territory or defense.I feel exactly the same way. As a second cousin to missing Laura Mackenzie....and now seeing other stories, it is so unbelieveable.
I hope the new Adam Walsh Bill will help in some ways.
America has to get tough on predators of people.
This is getting way out of control. A monster( or monsters I should say) invading our peaceful land.

concernedperson
07-27-2006, 07:06 PM
Mods, could you please merge this wth the other thread. Thanks.

concernedperson
07-27-2006, 08:03 PM
Nancy Grace discussing this now on CNN Headline news.

Bobbisangel
07-27-2006, 10:44 PM
This woman rode like 50 miles a day on her bike! She always went at the same time and on that trail. I wonder if she was a random choice or if he had been watching her pattern.

A lot of things need to change so that we will be safer but one thing that we need to do that some of us are ignoring is to keep our selves as safe as possible by....not riding, walking, jogging, alone. Not wearing headphones when riding, walking, jogging so that we can hear if someone walks up behind us. I know that things have happened when two people have been together but it isn't as likely. We have to do our part in staying safe too.

I'm not blaming this female victim for her own murder. I just wish that people wouldn't do things alone in this dangerous day and age. Like Pat Brown on Nancy said today "there is nowhere that is safe." Pat said that she thinks the killer was probably hiding by the side of the trail and when this lady went flying by on her bike he probably stuck something out that would have thrown her off her bike...like a stick in her spokes. She said it probably happened so fast that the woman didn't know what happened at first.

I feel so bad for her family. From everything that was said on Nancy this lady was a special person to everyone that knew her.

southcitymom
07-27-2006, 11:06 PM
This woman rode like 50 miles a day on her bike! She always went at the same time and on that trail. I wonder if she was a random choice or if he had been watching her pattern.

A lot of things need to change so that we will be safer but one thing that we need to do that some of us are ignoring is to keep our selves as safe as possible by....not riding, walking, jogging, alone. Not wearing headphones when riding, walking, jogging so that we can hear if someone walks up behind us. I know that things have happened when two people have been together but it isn't as likely. We have to do our part in staying safe too.

I'm not blaming this female victim for her own murder. I just wish that people wouldn't do things alone in this dangerous day and age. Like Pat Brown on Nancy said today "there is nowhere that is safe." Pat said that she thinks the killer was probably hiding by the side of the trail and when this lady went flying by on her bike he probably stuck something out that would have thrown her off her bike...like a stick in her spokes. She said it probably happened so fast that the woman didn't know what happened at first.

I feel so bad for her family. From everything that was said on Nancy this lady was a special person to everyone that knew her.
Every time I have been on this trail, it has been fairly well-populated. Of course, it is long, so not all of it is teeming with people.

I run regularly by the Chattahooche River here in Atlanta. I would say by myself, but there are a lot of people on the 5K trail. Occasionally, I will hit a lonely stretch. Perhaps danger is everywhere, but I don't really believe that. I wouldn't trade my solitary jog for anything. Yes, we should be prudent, but I don't feel like we have to travel in packs.

southcitymom
07-28-2006, 09:10 AM
Information about the main suspect:

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/0728metsuspect.html

dragonfly
07-28-2006, 03:45 PM
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/0728metsuspect.html
from the link above posted by southcitymom...

"Ledford went to the police department in Dallas at 3 p.m. Tuesday bleeding
from a wound beneath his waist, a Dallas police officer told WSB-TV. Ledford told police he was injured during a dispute with a prostitute, and officers took him to a hospital, the TV station reported."

I heard thru the Atlanta medical grapevine from a reliable source the injury he sustain was a bite to his penis that practically took it off! That's what sent him to the hospital.

southcitymom
07-28-2006, 04:09 PM
I heard thru the Atlanta medical grapevine from a reliable source the injury he sustain was a bite to his penis that practically took it off! That's what sent him to the hospital.
I was hoping this was the case!!

dragonfly
07-28-2006, 04:30 PM
I was hoping this was the case!!
Yeah, if there was any justice in the world...he would have bled to death and she would have survived!

Paladin
07-28-2006, 04:33 PM
Get those teeth marks examined!

concernedperson
07-28-2006, 09:15 PM
Get those teeth marks examined!
Pretty good forensic people around here. No doubt it is being done. The fact that they named him as a suspect tells me they are pretty sure.

southcitymom
07-29-2006, 10:05 AM
They have arrested the lead suspect - apparently the victim put up quite a fight.


http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/0729metsilver.html

englishleigh
07-29-2006, 10:14 AM
Good for Jennifer, and God rest her. Prayers for her family, esp. for her husband and three children. She was a wonderful lady and human being.

This monster shouldn't have been out of prison...another one who should have remained locked up. When will the criminal justice system get that these people can't be rehabbed?
:behindbar

dragonfly
07-31-2006, 08:16 AM
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/9583095/detail.html
DALLAS, Ga. -- Funeral services have been set for Jennifer Ewing, the mother of three brutally murdered along the Silver Comet Trail earlier this week.


Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Buckhead Church at 4967 Roswell Road.


Authorities in Paulding County say Ewing died of blunt force injury to the head and chest.


Her body was found Wednesday in woods not far from the trail.

(more at the link above...)

southcitymom
07-31-2006, 12:11 PM
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/cobb/stories/0731silver.html



FIrst charges made in this case.

close_enough
07-31-2006, 01:35 PM
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/cobb/stories/0731silver.html



FIrst charges made in this case.

hmm, curious who the two women in the courtroom were...

southcitymom
08-01-2006, 04:10 PM
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/cobb/stories/0801metcomet.html


Rape victim warned of murder suspect's release

By CARLOS CAMPOS (ccampos@ajc.com)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/01/06
A rape victim in Paulding County issued an eerie warning 15 years ago about the man investigators charged last week with killing a Sandy Springs cyclist and mother of three off the Silver Comet Trail.

"I dread the day he gets out because I think he'll do it again," the 22-year-old woman told authorities in 1991. "There are no words to tell you; it is a hellish nightmare."


She sounded the alarm in a victim's impact statement filed as part of the court proceedings against Michael William Ledford. The statement is among documents the Journal-Constitution obtained Tuesday from the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole. Ledford, 43, spent 10 years in prison after his rape conviction in the 1991 case.

christine2448
08-08-2006, 10:35 AM
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/9644686/detail.html

Authorities say the man charged in the death of a 54-year-old cyclist on the Silver Comet Trail had blood in his home and car.


Court documents filed yesterday say authorities saw the car of Michael William Ledford about 100 yards from where Jennifer Ewing's body was found.

curious1
08-08-2006, 01:43 PM
UGH! When these 'things' rape/abuse children/women why can't we just kill them? Why are they continuously let out to do it again and again???? I just wish the ghosts of the victims would come back and haunt the people responsible for letting these 'things' out of jail. :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: I think I am going to buy a gun.

christine2448
08-08-2006, 02:31 PM
I think I am going to buy a gun.
We have several, I was very against them for a long time wouldn't let hubby bring in the house, most of his 'weapons' were at MIL's house, he had one pistol in his truck...but not anymore. A while back there seemed that home invasions were becoming a common thing in metro atlanta.... I now have a shotgun in the house at all times and pistol for house and one for each car....let someone come in my house to hurt my family or try and grab me or my kids while we are loading groceries!!!!


:hand: Before you all jump on me about having guns and kids in the house, we are responible adults and know how to keep them 'up' and 'away' from our children. :hand:

southcitymom
08-08-2006, 02:42 PM
I think I am going to buy a gun.
I know I would just shoot myself accidentally.

curious1
08-08-2006, 02:44 PM
Get a shotgun. Harder to do that with one oh and if your loved ones want to stage a 'suicide' that would make it hard also. :cool: (I have a bit of a morbid sense of humour.)

southcitymom
08-08-2006, 02:47 PM
Get a shotgun. Harder to do that with one oh and if your loved ones want to stage a 'suicide' that would make it hard also. :cool: (I have a bit of a morbid sense of humour.)
I love your Stewie quote!:D

curious1
08-08-2006, 03:18 PM
Why thank you. :crazy:

southcitymom
08-25-2006, 01:58 PM
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/stories/0825metsilver.html

New evidence released in Silver Comet murder case

By YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ (yrodriguez@ajc.com)
Staff writer
Published on: 08/25/06
A man charged with murder in the death of a cyclist on the Silver Comet Trail was ordered held for trial following a hearing Friday in Paulding County.

Michael William Ledford, a 43-year-old convicted rapist from Paulding County, remains jailed for the July slaying of Jennifer Ewing, a 54-year-old Sandy Springs mother of three whose body was found about 70 feet off the popular exercise trail near mile marker 17.

southcitymom
08-26-2006, 09:18 AM
http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/cobb/stories/0826metsilver.html


Blood, prints link suspect to trail death
Bike, sunglasses remnants of horror on Silver Comet

By YOLANDA RODRÍGUEZ (yrodriguez@ajc.com)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/26/06
Fingerprints on sunglasses. Blood on a bicycle. Blood on shoes.

That's among the evidence that Paulding County prosecutors believe points to Michael William Ledford as the killer of Jennifer Ewing.

southcitymom
09-28-2006, 08:39 PM
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/2006/09/28/0929metSilver.html


Man indicted in Silver Comet murder

By YOLANDA RODRIGUEZ (yrodriguez@ajc.com)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 09/28/06
Michael William Ledford was indicted Thursday in the death of Jennifer Ewing, a Sandy Springs mother of three found murdered on the Silver Comet Trail.

Paulding's district attorney, Drew Lane, said they are considering the death penalty in this case.

Kat
05-11-2009, 09:37 AM
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2009/05/11/silver_comet_trail_trial.html

Monday, May 11, 2009


Opening statements are scheduled Monday morning in the trial of Michael Ledford, the man accused of murdering a Sandy Springs woman who was biking on the popular Silver Comet Trail in 2006...

...(Michael) Ledford, 46, is facing multiple murder charges and other felonies for the June 25, 2006, attack on the bike path that stretches from Smyrna in Cobb County to the Alabama line.

(Jennifer) Ewing, 54, was on her regular 50-mile ride along the path when she was ambushed along an isolated stretch of the trail. She was sexually assaulted and beaten to death .

southcitymom
05-13-2009, 12:39 PM
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2009/05/13/silver_comet_slaying.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_new stab

capoly
05-13-2009, 11:24 PM
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2009/05/13/silver_comet_slaying.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_new stab

From article at link:

Jennifer Ewing endured dozens of punches and kicks — alive for each one — but it was a stomp on her chest that broke her ribs and caused her to suffocate, the state medical examiner said Wednesday....

Dr. Kris Sperry estimated the 53-year-old Sandy Springs woman was punched five to 10 times in her face, pounded 18 to 20 times on other places on her head and stomped or hit 15 to 20 times on her body.

“All these injuries occurred when she was alive. From the outside to the inside,” Sperry said during Wednesday testimony in the Paulding County death penalty trial of Michael Ledford. “All this would have been extremely painful.”

Ledford’s attorney, Jimmy Berry, through his questions to Sperry, suggested some of her injuries were caused by a fall from her bike, but the medical examiner dismissed that theory.
..........


It may be his job as a defense attorney to suggest such a thing but that's one ridiculous WTF suggestion.

ETA Went back to finish reading article and wish I hadn't.

"Ledford claimed a prostitute bit him when he said he would not pay her $40 for performing oral sex, according to his mother, stepfather and brother. His mother called his probation officer and his brother went to the Dallas Police Department with their concerns that a woman was hurt. But the police and probation officers could not find the prostitute.

Ledford’s family also testified he was an alcoholic and that he was drinking the other times he committed crimes. All three testified they tried to get his probation revoked or have him arrested because he had started drinking heavily, but they were not successful.
:banghead:

MaryLiz
05-18-2009, 02:59 PM
Silver Comet murder trial goes to jury

A Paulding County jury Monday convicted Michael Ledford in the 2006 slaying of cyclist Jennifer Ewing on the popular Silver Comet Trail.
After four and a half days of testimony, the 10 men and two women took less than 90 minutes to find Ledford guilty of sexually assaulting and brutally beating the 53-year-old Sandy Springs woman to death.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/2009/05/18/silvercomet_trial_ledford.html

southcitymom
05-18-2009, 08:22 PM
The jury convicted Ledford on all four counts. Now they are hearing testimony to decide whether he will receive the death penalty or life imprisonment: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/2009/05/18/silvercomet_trial_ledford.html?cxntlid=homepage_ta b_newstab&imw=Y

MaryLiz
05-22-2009, 02:55 PM
I've followed this thread though never posted on it...but I get breaking news updates from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution so I thought I would post this.

Silver Comet killer sentenced to death

Silver Comet Trail murderer Michael Ledford was sentenced Friday to death by lethal injection for the 2006 killing of Sandy Springs cyclist Jennifer Ewing.
Ledford becomes the 105th person on Georgia’s death row. State law requires an automatic appeal of all death sentences.

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/2009/05/22/silver_comet_sentencing.html

OkieGranny
08-01-2014, 05:38 AM
http://neighbornewspapers.com/view/full_story/25530889/article-8-years-after-fatal-assault--another-woman-dragged-into-woods-in-brutal-attack?instance=all


The 42-year-old woman, identified in area media reports as Tina Waddell, was airlifted to Kennestone Hospital after a biker discovered her lying on the ground just outside the woods Tuesday evening.

Police say the assault occurred at about mile marker 19.58 — a little more than two and a half miles from the area where Jennifer Ewing was killed July 25, 2006...

“Since the attack was so violent and her injuries were so severe, the victim could only indicate that a white male suspect with dark hair attacked her,” Henson said of the assailant, who he said stole a cellphone and set of keys from her. He noted the woman was walking east toward Hiram when the assault began.

bflocket
08-01-2014, 01:33 PM
I'd read about Mrs Waddell yesterday. I hope she fully recovers. The pics of her in the news were worse than many of the post-mortem pics you occasionally come across in some of the Unidentified threads.

I think the place may very well be pretty, from what I could tell from pics in the stories, but there must be way too many SICKO's living near there.
Ewing was raped/murdered there recently.
Waddell will now have her mouth wired shut for months and likely be permanently disfigured. And she "wasn't even" raped or really even robbed of anything more than her phone!

There may need to be some kind of "WARNING" put up like there are for the photos of the dead.
She is definitely alive, but the pics are just as shocking if not more so.



Here are some stories about the incident:

Husband: Woman beaten on Silver Comet Trail unrecognizable
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/woman-attacked-seriously-injured-on-silver-comet-t/ngqzL/

Small photo gallery of Mrs Waddell pre/post-attack
http://www.ajc.com/gallery/news/photos-silver-comet-trail-victim-and-after-attack/gCMTG/#5801811

A story about Waddell's attack that mentions Ewing
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/family-wants-public-to-see-injuries-to-woman-attac/ngrs5/