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Hannah Truelove 'violently killed', to be buried Wednesday

7:32 AM, Aug 29, 2012   |    comments
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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Sixteen-year-old Hannah Truelove will be laid to rest Wednesday, but police have yet to identify her killer. 

Truelove's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at Timber Ridge Baptist Church.

Family and friends filtered in and out of the Little and Davenport Funeral Home near Gainesville on Tuesday afternoon to pay their respects. 

In a Monday afternoon press conference, Major Woodrow Tripp said 16-year-old Hannah Truelove was "violently killed." 

Detectives with the Hall County Sheriff's office spent all weekend fielding phone calls and e-mails from people with potential tips about the death of 16-year-old Hannah Truelove. And according to detectives, several "persons of interest" have been identified. 

Some witnesses said they saw Truelove on Thursday night around 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot near the woods where she was found. 

Truelove was reported missing by her mother, whom she lived with at the Lake Lanier Club Apartments. The teen's body was discovered Friday evening in the woods behind the complex, which overlooks Lake Lanier.

A man visiting his grandchildren at the complex found Truelove's body as he was walking along a trail in the woods. He said he has been questioned and released by the police, and was told not to release any information about what he saw.

Truelove's friends have been expressing their grief over her loss on Twitter. And a day before her body was found, a tweet from Truelove's account read, "I need to move out of these dang apartments."

Hall County investigators are aware of that message, and are asking friends and family members about its meaning.

Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks of the Hall County Sheriff's Office said they do not believe the general public has any cause for alarm, as it does not appear Truelove was the victim of a stranger. 

According to Major Tripp in Monday's press conference, police believe she was killed where she was found --- and they don't think she was forced into the wooded area. 

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