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Father Says Police Have Suspects in Hannah Truelove Murder

Hannah Truelove. Family photo.

After a month of no new information in the case, the grieving father of murdered Georgia teen Hannah Truelove has told WSBTV that authorities have suspects in his daughter’s slaying. “They say they just want to make sure they don’t do anything wrong, dot their ‘I’s,’ cross their ‘T’s,’ but they do have suspects,” said Jeff Truelove. As the shock of her murder dies down in the community, Truelove is fighting to make sure solving his daughter’s death remains a top priority for police.

Truelove had previously expressed his grief and outrage to AccessNorthGa, saying that Hannah was a “good girl” who ”never did drugs or alcohol.” He told the publication that she had lived with him until about a month before her death, when she moved in with her mother.

The body of Hannah Truelove, 16, was found August 24 in the woods near the Gainesville, Ga., apartment complex where she lived with her mother. According to Hall County Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. Kiley Sargent, the body showed signs of trauma. Truelove had been reported missing the day before.

Prior to her death,  tweets posted by Truelove indicated that she had a stalker. On August 12, she tweeted, “I got me an uglyass stalker,” followed by “this can’t be happening.” On the 18th, she wrote “So scared right now,” and on the day before she disappeared, “I need to move out of these dang apartments.” Police said, “We have to determine what she meant by stalker. A stalker to a 16-year-old might not be a stalker to what may be Georgia code official. We’re trying to determine what she meant by that.” The cause of death has not yet been released, so as not to compromise the investigation, but police did say that her injuries ”were indicative that she died from a violent death.”

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