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Investigators seek help with Truelove clues

Law agencies hope public can offer leads in teen’s August slaying

POSTED: January 26, 2013 11:25 a.m.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are again seeking the public’s help in the search for Hannah Truelove’s killer.

In the five months since the 16-year-old Gainesville High School student was found dead, there have been no major breaks in the investigation.

“We want to make sure that it stays fresh in the public’s mind. The flow of information has slowed down considerably since the case was new, so we want to make sure that it stays relevant in the community,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said. “We know that it’s relevant to the family, but with news cycles what they are, we know these things slip to the back burner in a lot of people’s minds.”

Truelove was found Aug. 24 behind Lake Lanier Club Apartments, where she lived with her mother.

Her body was discovered by a resident in a heavily wooded area between the apartment complex and Lake Lanier. She had been stabbed multiple times, investigators said.

“We’re confident that there’s someone out there somewhere who knows something about this crime, so we want to make sure that the public knows that we’re still very interested in speaking with anybody who knows something about the case,” Wilbanks said.

Investigators are especially looking for a late 1990s to early 2000s four-door car, possibly a Chevrolet or Dodge, they said. That car may have been in the area of Lake Lanier Club Apartments during the evening of Aug. 23.

The car is light silver with heavy damage to the front end and a driver’s door that is either white or a lighter shade of silver.

Investigators believe the occupants of the vehicle may have important information that will aid the investigation.

Wilbanks said part of the struggle of the investigation that has plagued investigators from the start has been people’s unwillingness to talk.

“There are still some people who are refusing to cooperate and talk with them,” he said.

Police are asking anyone with any information about the case or the car described to call the Hall County tip line at 770-503-3232, or the GBI tip line at 800-597-8477.

Tips may also be submitted online.

“We still get weekly requests from various news sources for updates and so forth,” Wilbanks said. “Unfortunately there’s not new information. That’s what we’d like to gather from this.”


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