SAGINAW (CBSDFW.COM) – The Saginaw girl, whose nude body was found bound and covered with a tarp, has been identified as six-year-old Alanna Gallagher, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. Her time of death is listed as 7:33 p.m., not long before neighborhood kids found her body. The six-year-old had just celebrated a birthday on June 12, less than three weeks before she was murdered.
CBS 11 has also confirmed the items seized from the family’s car – including plastic bags, toilet paper, a blue/gray colored tarp, and different colored tape, including red. Alanna’s body was found bound with red tape more than a mile from her home. FBI agents left the list of items taken from the family car clearly visible through the window.
Alanna’s father, Karl Gallagher spoke moments before a scheduled news conference pleading for the public to help with the investigation and asking for the media to respect the family’s privacy.
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Meanwhile, chilling 911 calls following the discovery of Alanna’s body have been released. In one, a caller tells the dispatcher that a dead body has been found. “I think it’s a little girl in plastic bag someone dropped it off.” Then continues, saying, “I haven’t even opened it all the way up but I can see the legs and everything . There’s a belt around it. Tape.”
The discovery of Alanna’s body has shaken the small community. Stephanie Basco and her friends dropped off a teddy bear at a growing memorial for the little girl.
“We had seen her playing and wanted to show our respect. She is such a small baby,” said Basco.
Neighbor Sergio Lopez said, “It’s saddest thing to see a little girl not to experience life – someone took that away from her – it’s the worst thing ever.”
The girl was often seen playing unsupervised outside, according to neighbors. The superintendent of the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD released a statement describing Alanna as bubbly and always happy. She was a kindergarten student at Willow Creek Elementary.
Police say they are talking to the family and at this time, do not consider anyone in the family as a suspect. Police also say they believe this is an isolated incident and have received many “good” leads about a red truck with a softball sized green paint stain, which was spotted in the area where the body was found.
If you have any information about the case, call 682-888-3682 OR 682-888-3684. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
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