Slain teen’s funeral held as investigation continues

As family members and friends gathered to say goodbye to a Hall County teenager, investigators plowed through dozens of tips in hopes of finding the person responsible for her violent death.

The funeral for Hannah Truelove was held Wednesday morning.

The funeral for Hannah Truelove was held Wednesday morning.

Hannah Truelove, 16, was found Friday night in a wooded area behind the Gainesville apartment complex where she lived with her mother. The Gainesville High School student had been reported missing the previous night.

Investigators have declined to say how Truelove died, but have called the homicide a violent one. A GBI medical examiner conducted the autopsy on Truelove, John Bankhead, the agency’s spokesman, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Gainesville Police Department initially worked a missing persons case, but for less than 24 hours. Truelove’s body was found outside of the city limits, meaning the Hall County Sheriff’s Office took over as the lead investigating agency. A GBI crime scene specialist assisted in the weekend investigation.

Sgt. Kiley Sargent, with the sheriff’s office, has said numerous callers have reported information regarding the case, keeping investigators busy. But so far, no suspects have been named and little details regarding any findings have been released, due to the sensitive nature of the case, police said.

Investigators do not believe the killing was random, and have said Truelove likely knew the person responsible. Truelove’s social media activity, including several recent Tweets, were also being examined, investigators have said.

The funeral for Truelove was set for 11 a.m. today at Timber Ridge Baptist Church in Gainesville. Burial will follow in the church’s cemetary, according to Truelove’s obituary. The teen is survived by her parents, a brother, sister and three grandparents.

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Tag

August 29th, 2012
12:03 pm

What a loss!

Captain Midnight

August 29th, 2012
12:18 pm

Hall Co WILL find the Piece of $hit that did this. Rest assured.

Kay

August 29th, 2012
12:22 pm

Amen Captain Midnight

Pamela

August 29th, 2012
12:37 pm

This is so sad. I pray they find the person or people that are involved with killing this child. My prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace. It’s horrible for a parent to have to bury their child…Just horrible.

Kelly

August 29th, 2012
12:46 pm

@Harsh Reality What an insensitive comment to make. What details do you know that leads you to believe that time on Facebook has to do with death? I hope no one ever makes such a comment to you if you lost a member of your family in such a horrific way!

Kelly

August 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

@Harsh Reality What an insensitive comment to make. What details do you know that leads you to believe that time on Facebook has to do with her death? I hope no one ever makes such a comment to you if you lost a member of your family in such a horrific way!

Georgia Mom

August 29th, 2012
12:47 pm

Many prayers going up for this family. Such a tragedy.
And to you….Harsh Reality…..that is a good name for you. I am so sorry for you if YOUR computer is confiscated. Reality is…..you are probably one of those that negatively comments on every social site available, including Facebook. Sounds like this is your career. I can only hope and pray that nothing of this magnitude destroys you, your friends or any one of your family members.

G'Vegas Dawg

August 29th, 2012
1:04 pm

Prayers for Hannah’s family and friends. I hope that the person responsisble for this is brought to justice soon. I also say a prayer for Harsh Reality, he/she sounds like they may need them at some point.

Sad

August 29th, 2012
1:15 pm

Simply Tragic. I know the family and we are beside ourselves with grief. I am guessing “Harsh Reality” message has been removed and for that I am thankful. Glad I didn’t have to see/read it.

Wutehvah

August 29th, 2012
2:10 pm

Thoughts and prayers to family and friends. I hope they bring back the chair for the POS that did this.

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