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Authorities pursue tips in teens homicide
Investigators following many leads, havent named suspects
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Hannah Truelove

Investigators Tuesday were following a “significant amount” of leads in connection with the slaying of a Gainesville teenager.

The body of Gainesville High School student Hannah Truelove, 16, was found Friday night near Lake Lanier Club apartments on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, where she lived with her family. Monday, authorities ruled the death a homicide.

According to Sgt. Kiley Sargent, Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, the department has received at least 50 calls about the case.

“(Investigators are) out in the field following leads,” he said. “We’re getting a significant amount of calls from people that are either around that complex or people that just drive by. But we have to assign each one of those and follow up with every one of those calls.”

Sargent said the sheriff’s office is working with Gainesville High’s student resource officers to speak to students who may have been in Truelove’s circle of friends.

“They’re not in the schools questioning everyone,” he said. “They’re basically trying to establish who her contacts were to see if they knew anything.”

Sargent said investigators are looking for a few people they “want to talk to,” but no suspects have been named.

Officials said Monday they believe Truelove knew her attacker and it was not a random act of violence.

But Sargent encourages the public, which he said has “been very helpful,” to continue to call the tip line.

Each tip will be checked out, he said.

“This is a priority case, obviously,” he said. “We have to work these leads as soon as they come in and work it to the fullest and do the best that we can.

“Right now, we’re just following up and doing what we can to really make this case and bring it to a close for the victim and the family.”

Gainesville High’s campus has been closed to the public, including the media, and students have been given access to grief counselors.

Funeral services for Truelove will be held at 11 a.m. today at Timber Ridge Baptist Church.

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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