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Police: Gainesville teen's death ruled homicide

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. -

Police say the death of a 16-year-old Gainesville girl is being investigated as a homicide. The body Hannah Truelove was found in a wooded area behind a Gainesville apartment complex on Friday.

Authorities believe that Truelove voluntarily went to the wooded area where she was killed. She may have known her killer, police said. Officials have not released Truelove's cause of death.  

Heartbroken students returned to Gainesville High on Monday as they mourn the loss of their classmate.

The superintendent of Gainesville City Schools says there was a moment of silence at Gainesville High School for Truelove, who was a junior at the school. Grief counselors were also available for students who knew Truelove, and needed to talk about her death.

"She had a huge heart. She always put people before herself," said friend Joshua Morrow.

Meanwhile, police continue to go over dozens of tips they have received in the case to try to figure out happened to Truelove.

According to investigators, Truelove was reported missing by her mother on Thursday, and it was at that time her friends began to worry.

Major Woodrow Tripp of the Hall County Sheriff's Office said that several witnesses reported that Truelove was in the parking lot of the apartment complex around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Some of the witnesses said she was talking with someone else in the parking lot.

Investigators said they have several persons of interest in the case. They said that there was a chance that Truelove's killer was a teenager.

Sidney Morrow, a friend of Truelove, said she thought something was wrong when Hannah did not respond to phone calls, texts, or postings on Facebook.

Authorities say a neighbor found the body in a wooded area behind the Lake Lanier Club apartments on Dawsonville Highway near the shore of Lake Lanier, and called police.

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