Hall County

Detectives search for new leads in Hannah Truelove murder

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — The Hall County Sheriff’s Office says it’s determined to keep the murder of a high school student fresh in people’s minds as the four-year anniversary of her death approaches.

Hannah Truelove, 16, was found stabbed to death in the woods about 100 yards from her home at the Lake Lanier Club Apartments off Dawsonville Highway.


A man out for a walk found the Gainesville High School student’s body on Aug. 24, 2012.

“We felt like she was probably killed sometime after 7:30 p.m. when she was last seen,” said Sgt. Dan Franklin.

Hannah was last seen hanging out with other teens from the apartment complex. When she didn’t come home, her mom got worried and called police. Her body was discovered 24 hours later.

“We’ve had several persons of interest that we’ve talked to that remain persons of interest,” Franklin said.

Shortly after the murder, Hannah’s father told us he thought someone who rode his daughter's school bus could be responsible.

"We've had several persons of interest that we've looked at and we've interviewed and again what we're looking for is somebody on the fringe, somebody that has knowledge that has a piece of information that'll open the door to these people that we've already looked at that we're not ready to discount yet,” Franklin said.

Another theory in the case involved social media.

“There was a lot of social media that she was involved in and she would tweet out that she was scared or she felt she had a stalker. All that stuff was investigated and looked into and it was more just teenage drama type stuff,” Franklin said.

Detectives say they're constantly working the case, but they need the public's help. They're urging anyone with information to come forward, particularly about the man in a silver, four-door car seen around the time of Hannah’s disappearance.

“That is definitely somebody that we feel would be somebody that we need to talk to,” Franklin said.

For now, he says he's working the case daily.

"I'm never gonna let go of this as long as I can. As long as I'm able, I'm gonna keep trying to figure out how to get justice for her,” he said.

For him, it takes on a personal meaning.

“I have a daughter who's 17 and so I feel for her parents, I feel for her friends, and I didn't get into this business to let people that do this to children go,” Franklin said. %