Saginaw police release images of cars as probe into girl's death continues

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by MARJORIE OWENS & CARLA WADE

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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 20 at 12:23 AM

SAGINAW - Police released two images of vehicles as they search for witnesses in their investigation into the death of a 6-year-old girl whose body was found less than a mile away from her Saginaw home.

Authorities shared the images Friday and asked anyone with information pertaining to the drivers of the cars to call 682-888-3682. Police said they hope to talk with the drivers as possible witnesses on the day Alanna Gallagher body was found in an intersection on July 1.

"Most vehicles come into the neighborhood and leave," said Officer Damon Ing, a spokesman for the Saginaw Police Department. "These for some reason do not."

Police said the dark-colored four-door vehicle and dark-colored two-door car seen in the pictures lingered in the area for some time.

The police request came the same day a vehicle owned by the victim's father, Karl Gallagher, was torched. Saginaw police said Gallagher's vehicle was set ablaze at about 2 a.m. outside the family's home in the 600 block of Babbling Brook Dr.

"We woke up with banding on the door," said Laura Gallagher, Alanna's mother. "Our neighbors came and banged on the door to wake us up."

ATF and investigators are investigating the fire they said was set intentionally.

"We're scared," Mrs. Gallagher said.

A fire also broke out at the nearby memorial site where stuffed animals and flowers were left. Authorities said that fire may have unintentionally been started by a candle left burning.

A security company installed surveillance cameras around the Gallagher home free of charge after the vehicle fire.

"It's not right what people do nowadays," said Robert Roteman, who works with Republic Security and installed the cameras. "It isn't right. What the devil did that little girl do?"

No arrests have been made in the death of Alanna.

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