Hannah Truelove Murder: Police Interviewing Murdered Teen’s Friends
(GAINESVILLE, Ga.) — Police in Georgia said they are interviewing the friends of a slain teen who tweeted days before her death that she had a “stalker,” trying to find a lead regarding who might have killed the girl.
Hannah Truelove, 16, was found dead Friday in a wooded area near the apartment she shared with her mother, one day after she was reported missing, police said.
LaCrisia Larkin, the principal of Gainesville High School, where Truelove was a student, said she was not aware whether Truelove had any issues with a “stalker.”
“She had a very supportive group of friends she hung around,” Larkin said. “She was a sweet young lady, very mannerable and respectful.”
Sgt. Kiley Sargent, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators are “looking at different avenues,” including whether someone had been stalking the teen.
“We have to determine what she meant by stalker,” Sargent said. “A stalker to a 16-year-old might not be a stalker to what may be Georgia code official.”
Truelove had obvious signs of trauma on her body, but the results of an autopsy are being withheld to avoid compromising the investigation, Sargent said.
“Most of the leads we are getting are from people who are living in and around the neighborhood,” he said. “We are following each one.”
Hannah tweeted days before her disappearance that she was being stalked.
“I got me an uglya– stalker,” she tweeted Aug. 12.
“So scared right now,” she wrote Aug. 18.
And on Aug. 22, the day before she disappeared she wrote: “I need to move out of these dang apartments.”
Just two weeks into the school year, students and staff at Truelove’s high school are trying to cope with their shocking loss, Larkin said.
A large rock at the front of the school usually reserved for messages and reminders was turned into a memorial for the teen.
Students helped paint the rock with messages of love, including a large “Heart for Hannah” and “R.I.P.”
“What is surprising is so many times the students give the adults energy,” Larkin said. “We are just rallying around each other.”
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