Solemn July 4 in Saginaw as residents mourn slain girl

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on July 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 1:51 PM

SAGINAW –– While investigators continue to comb through leads and tips in the murder of six-year-old Alanna Gallagher, residents near the site where the girl's body was found spent their Fourth of July honoring her memory.

"I just wanted to come and pay my respects," said Cheyenne Dodd, a local high school student who said a prayer with two other friends.

A steady stream of shocked and saddened residents visited the memorial site on Thursday, nearly 72 hours after the girl's body was discovered wrapped in a tarp by two teenagers, left abandoned in the middle of a city street.

Some residents said they aren't exactly sure what to think about the investigation: On one hand, Saginaw police spokesman Ofc. Damon Ing said at a press conference Wednesday that investigators believe the case is "isolated" and stressed the public shouldn't be worried.

But they also say the Gallagher family aren't suspects, and close to 40 investigators spent part of their July 4 holiday working the case. There also is a $10,000 reward in place for information that leads to an arrest and prosecution.

Earlier in the week, FBI investigators thoroughly examined the Gallagher family home.

Karl Gallagher, who identified himself as Alanna's father, told News 8 on Wednesday that the family wants privacy.

He wouldn't discuss what kinds of questions investigators were asking of them, nor would he talk about the circumstances surrounding the young girl's disappearance and murder within a few hour span on Monday. She was reported missing at about 9 p.m., about two hours after her body was found. 

The memorial site grew over the day Thursday, with some 250-plus stuffed animals and condolence notes placed along Roundrock Drive where her body was found. Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call the police tip line at either 682.888.3682 or 682.888.3684.

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