SAGINAW –– In the hours after six-year-old Alanna Gallagher was found bound and gagged along a residential road in Saginaw last week, investigators served four search warrants on her family’s vehicles and home, seeking DNA samples, computer equipment and anything that could be used as a restraint.
The search warrant affidavit, obtained by News 8 on Monday afternoon, details more than 100 items removed from the residence in the 600 block of Babbling Brook Drive and from the family's Ford Taurus, Honda Odyssey and Hyundai Elantra vehicles.
Police have repeatedly stressed that the parents are not suspects in the girl’s homicide. Karl Gallagher, the child's father, declined to comment from his home.
“Now is not the time to talk about this,” he said. “Maybe in the future, but now is not the time.”
On July 1 at 7 p.m., two teenagers found Alanna's body at the intersection of Round Rock Drive and Cindy Lane. The teens said the girl’s hands and feet were tied and a plastic Walmart bag was over her head. Her body was wrapped in a tarp.
She was reported missing about two hours after her body was found.
The search warrant allowed investigators to seize “any material that could be used to bound hands or feet” and “any computers, cell phones, jump drives or any digital media devices that are capable of storage of data.” It also requested “any biological evidence,” Walmart receipts, duct tape, Walmart bags and trash bags.
On Monday afternoon, investigators blocked off the entrance and exit to Babbling Brook Drive, recording license plates and questioning drivers about whether they saw anything suspicious the night Alanna was killed.
Those interviewed by officers told News 8 they were specifically asked about two dark-colored cars that may have been in the area the night of Alanna's death.
"It makes us all still nervous," said Watking Todd, who lives in the area.
Haltom City police are assisting as part of the North Texas Major Case Investigative Team, which is helping in the case. The FBI is also playing a role.
Saginaw Police Department spokesman Damon Ing said investigators are looking for two vehicles in connection with the crime –– one is a red truck with a green splash of paint near the rear tire well. Ing has not identified the second vehicle.
Investigators took at least six computers and seven external hard drives during the searches, the document indicates. They removed Walmart bags, two swabs of “possible blood,” cat hair from multiple cats, arm and leg restraints and water from a hot tub, the document shows. Investigators also removed bedding, belts, towels and receipts from both Walmart and Lowe's hardware store.
In all, investigators took 129 items from the three locations. While Gallagher’s death has been classified a homicide, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner has not yet issued a formal cause of death.
Anyone with information pertaining to the crime is asked to call a tip line set up by Saginaw police at 682-888-3682 or 682-888-3684. Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment.
Alanna will be laid to rest on Thursday. Her obituary, published in Tuesday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, said she is survived by three parents — two men and a woman who all live in that house.
The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Richland Hills.