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Authorities following leads in teens death
Law enforcement seeking information on case via tip line
0825Hannah Truelove
Hannah Truelove

Authorities are following up on a barrage of leads related to the death of a teenage girl found dead Friday night on the shoreline of Lake Lanier.

“We do anticipate more leads coming in through the week,” said Sgt. Kiley Sargent, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, on Sunday.

“Kids tend to talk and we hope that as people discuss this — parents and whatnot — that somebody will come forward with some real good evidence that could break the case for us,” Sargent said.

The body of Gainesville High student Hannah Truelove, 16, was found Friday evening by a man walking on a trail in a wooded area behind Lake Lanier Club apartments on Dawsonville Highway, where the girl lived with her family.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s office confirmed that it was the body of the same girl who had been missing since Thursday.

Gainesville police had issued an alert earlier Friday seeking information on Truelove, who was last seen Thursday morning near the apartments.

Besides speaking with acquaintances, police are investigating whether Truelove had a stalker based on a comment posted on a Twitter page that she appeared to use, according to Associated Press reports.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation. It has not yet released a cause of death pending an autopsy.

“Right now, we’re just encouraging folks if they do have any (information) or they have seen anything during that time period that she was missing to call us,” Sargent said.

“We would like to determine if there is anything to their story, no matter how small it is,” he said.

Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the sheriff’s office at 770-531-6879, the Tip Line at 770-503-3232 or submit a tip online.

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