Mother makes plea to find killer in daughter's death

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

Investigators believe whoever killed Hannah knew her. They don't believe she was forced into the wooded area behind the apartments where she was found.

HALL COUNTY, Ga. - For the first time Wednesday, the mother of 16-year-old killed in Hall County, spoke out about her daughter's death.

"Hannah's family and friends have been living a nightmare since Hannah was reported missing and found murdered," said Mona Harris, Hannah Truelove's mother.

A neighbor found Truelove behind the apartment complex where she lived in August. Investigators said she had been stabbed multiple times.

"Our entire family has suffered and continues to suffer every minute of that fateful evening," Harris said during a news conference.

Harris said the suffering won't end until Hannah's killer is off the streets.

Hall County deputies along with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said they were initially flooded with tips.

They're still looking for a late 90s or early 2000s model four-door sedan.  Police said the car was a light silver Chevy or Dodge and had significant front end damage.

Investigators said other leads have dried up.

"We're certain that there is someone out there that knows about this crime," said Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks with the Hall County Sheriff's Department.

"Please help my family by coming forward with your information, even if that information is about your son or daughter," Harris pleaded during the news conference.

Investigators believe whoever killed Hannah knew her. They don't believe she was forced into the wooded area behind the apartments where she was found.

Her mother said the Gainesville High School student had a unique sense of humor and a bright future, cut far too short.

"We can't go back and save Hannah but we can honor her memory and bring closure to her tragic death," Harris said.

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