HALL COUNTY, Ga. - A grieving father is looking for answers after his teen daughter was found dead behind her apartment complex last month.
Hall County investigators won’t go into detail but called it a “violent” death. No arrests have been made, but they said they are zeroing in on leads.
“I can't understand it. I mean, who can do that to somebody? It's so brutal," Jeff Truelove told Channel 2’s Sophia Choi.
Truelove’s 16-year-old daughter, Hannah, was last seen Aug. 23 at the Lake Lanier apartments where she lived with her mother. The next day, a neighbor found her body at the banks of Lake Lanier behind the complex. Since then, Hall County investigators said finding her killer is their top priority.
“Sometimes we have spent literally up to 24 hours a day of nonstop, most of our days are sometimes 12, up to 18 hour days at times," Hall County sheriff’s Maj. Woodrow Tripp said.
Deputies are working with 10 agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigators, along with four GBI analysts. Investigators said they've narrowed their focus down to just a few people of interest.
“When you start to narrow things down, asking people for specifics, which they give you, only to find out maybe those specifics weren't exactly correct. It does raise our interest and causes us to look further into the background," Tripp said.
The elder Truelove said he believes his daughter’s killing is linked to someone who rode her school bus.
“She wouldn't go to school sometimes, mainly because of riding that bus," Truelove said.
He described her as sweet and loving.
“You don't know her, but I know her. Nobody would want to hurt her," Truelove said.
Authorities are also looking for a late 1990s to early 2000s four-door Chevrolet with front-end damage and a lighter-colored door panel.
“This vehicle was certainly in the area. The vehicle was seen with Hannah at one point where she possibly exited it," Tripp said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hall County tip line at 770-503-3232.