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Police confirm body found is missing teen
Girl, 16, found near Lake Lanier shoreline Friday; foul play suspected
0825Hannah Truelove
Police issued this photo of Hannah Truelove, 16, on Friday after the teen went missing on Thursday. Her body was found Friday evening near the Lake Lanier Shoreline at the apartment complex where she lived.

Law enforcement officials continue to search for clues in the death of a teenage girl found dead Friday night on the shoreline of Lake Lanier.

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Saturday that the body found near the shoreline of Lake Lanier on Friday night was that of Gainesville High student Hannah Truelove, 16, who had been missing since Thursday.

The Sheriff’s Office took over the case when it was determined her body was found outside of the Gainesville city limits, Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said.

The body was found Friday evening by a man walking on a trail in a wooden area behind Lake Lanier Club apartments on Dawsonville Highway, where the girl lived with her family.

Gainesville police had issued an alert earlier Friday seeking information on the girl, 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. Investigators worked through the day at the scene collecting evidence and interviewing apartment residents.

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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