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Police Seek Public’s Help in Unsolved Hannah Truelove Murder

Hannah Truelove. Family photo.

Investigators working on the case of Hannah Truelove, a 16-year-old Gainesville, Ga., high school student murdered last summer, are seeking the public’s help in tracking down her killer. Hall County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said investigators are looking for a light silver late 1990′s to early 2000′s four-door passenger car with “substantial front end damage” that may have been seen near the Lake Lanier Club Apartments on August 23, the evening before Truelove’s body was found. Wilbanks said the car may be a Chevrolet or Dodge, and the damaged front end may be lighter in color than the rest of the car. Passengers in this vehicle may have important information in this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Hall County CID tip line at 770-503-3232, or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation tip line at 800-597-8477. The GBI and the Hall County Sheriff’s Department are working jointly on this case.

Truelove’s body 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.

In October, Truelove’s father 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. There has been no information released regarding the potential suspects.

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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