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Truelove’s body was discovered Aug. 24, 2012, in a heavily wooded area between Lake Lanier and the apartment complex where she lived with her mother. Truelove, 16, had been reported missing the previous day and was found with multiple stab wounds, investigators said. -- Text by Nancy Badertscher for the AJC; Photo from Hall County Sheriff s Office
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Hannah, Jessica and Clint Truelove are shown in a family photo. Police have discounted theories emerging from social media that were based on reports that Truelove had been on Twitter shortly before her disappearance, saying she was scared and thought she might be being stalked. Investigators looked into it and dismissed it as “teenage drama type of stuff.” In 2013, Hannah Truelove’s mother, Mona Harris, said family and friends had been “living a nightmare” since her daughter’s death. PHOTO SPECIAL TO AJC
When Levi hadn’t returned home, his mother called police. Hours later, hunters found Levi’s body in the Dawson Wildlife Management Area in neighboring Dawson County, about 20 miles from his home. Her son had been shot three times, twice in the chest and once in the head, Weaver later told reporters. Shown here is a copy of a poster of possible suspects being distributed by police in the Levi Frady case. (Special to the AJC)
The last time Whitton was seen publicly, she was parading through the aisles of a Walmart on Cobb Parkway in the early morning hours of Sept. 13, 2013. She was with her boyfriend, Ashley Caudle. Caudle has been considered a suspect and was interviewed, Evans said. Investigators even searched his home in July 2014, but it did not lead to any arrests. He’s now in prison in Carroll County on drug trafficking charges from a 2014 incident in Cherokee County. “There’s never a second that goes by that she’s out of my mind. There is just not a second that ticks by, and it’s torture. Not knowing is torture,” Whitton’s mother, Lisa Daniels, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here, family and friends of Tiffany Whitton release balloons in 2016 on the anniversary of her disappearance. (Family photo)
SHIRLEY AND RUSSELL DERMOND -- Neighbors of Russell and Shirley Dermond had gone to their home inside the Great Waters subdivision in Eatonton, Ga., out of concern for their well-being. The couple, married for 62 years, hadn’t shown up at a Kentucky Derby party three days earlier. Phone calls went unanswered. A neighbor then found Russell Dermond’s body inside the garage. He had been decapitated. Shirley was missing. -- Text by Christian Boone, AJC; photo by CBS News
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Security guards monitor traffic through the gate off Reynolds Drive at Great Waters Reynolds Plantation, the gated subdivision of the Lake Oconee resort community, on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Ten days after her husband’s body was found, some fishermen on Lake Oconee turned up the bloated body of Shirley Dermond, floating on the water, about five miles from her home. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
UPDATE: TIMOTHY COGGINS CASE -- On Oct. 13, 2017, five people were arrested in connection with the killing. Two of them were local law enforcement officers charged with obstruction of justice for actions after the case was reopened in the spring. (Top, from left to right) Frankie Gebhardt, Bill Moore Sr. and Gregory Huffman; (bottom) Sandra Bunn and Lamar Bunn were arrested in connection with the 1983 death of Timothy Coggins. -- Text by Nelson Helm and Rosalind Bentley, AJC
BRENDA HOPE DAVIS -- Joey Burton Thompson (above) is serving a life sentence in Florida for murdering a woman there. He remains a suspect in the death of Gwinnett mother Brenda Hope Davis, 34, who was found shot and repeatedly stabbed on Sept. 18, 1985. Davis, who danced under the name “April” at Atlanta’s Tattletale Lounge and worked at a Norcross real estate office, was found dead by her husband, Mark, in an unused upstairs bedroom at the family’s split-level house in Peachtree Corners. Text: Nancy Badertscher, For the AJC; Photo: Florida Department of Corrections.
EDITH SHEFFIELD -- Sheffield, a well-liked wife, mother and grandmother, on Jan. 18, 2013, was shot multiple times in the head with a shotgun and left in her home in the small town of Braxton, Ga., in Coffee County. The house was then set on fire. The victim’s husband, Timothy Larue Sheffield, was interviewed by investigators, but has never been charged in connection with his wife’s death. He has vehemently denied any involvement.
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CURTIS WALKER -- Walker, 13, was one of five boys found slain in DeKalb County from 1979 to 1981, a period in which more than 20 black children, almost all boys, were killed around metro Atlanta. Authorities long ago closed the Fulton County cases, which accounted for most of them. But the DeKalb police department decided to keep its five investigations open. Authorities have for decades suspected Wayne Williams was the killer who terrorized the city. He is serving life for murder convictions in the deaths of two adults in Fulton, though he’s never faced charges in any child’s death.
REGAN WHEELER -- Wheeler, shown with son Matthew, enjoyed riding horses on his family's property in Rome. On the evening of Oct. 13, 2005, Wheeler's wife, Paula, discovered her husband's body in the driveway of their Paulding County home. The Wheelers’ home had been burglarized, and Regan Wheeler — who volunteered as a prison chaplain — likely realized it after returning home from helping family in nearby Rome. Before he could get back into his truck, he was shot multiple times and left to die. He was 54.(Family photo)