FBI seeks tips to find girl's killer; warrant reveals more details

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on July 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 6:22 PM

Alanna Gallagher's body found

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SAGINAW –– The FBI has posted 20 billboards throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area asking for tips to point investigators to whoever is responsible for the murder of six-year-old Alanna Gallagher. 

The FBI and other investigators say they hope the move spurs a new round of fresh tips and leads. Right now, there are no suspects in the case.

Alanna disappeared and then her body was found within a four-hour span during the evening hours on July 1.

The child's body was discovered by two teens in the middle of a suburban road in Saginaw on July 1. Her hands and feet were bound, the teenagers said. A plastic Walmart bag was placed over her head and her body was in a tarp.

The two who found her said they initially thought it was a bag of trash.

In the hours after her disappearance, investigators removed more than 100 items during an extensive search of the Gallagher family's home and vehicles. As News 8 reported Monday: 

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. 

An inventory of another warrant served on July 3 obtained Wednesday by The Dallas Morning News showed investigators returned to remove many more computer and digital storage devices from the home in the 600 block of Babbling Brook Drive. The warrant lists CD-Rs, laptops, DVD burners, thumb drives, desktop computers and myriad external hard drives. 

Saginaw police spokesman Damon Ing has said that the murder is an isolated case, and that the parents are not suspects. 

On Wednesday, Miles McDaniel, listed as one of Alanna's three parents, was questioned for hours by police. After the talks, he told reporters his family wants justice for their daughter.

He also elaborated on the family's living arrangement, saying he, Karl Gallagher and Laura Gallagher are in a "polyamorous" relationship, and all serve as parents to the family's children. 

Investigators have also spoken to Karl and Laura, but have reiterated that they are not suspects. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward in the case for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Alanna Gallagher's funeral service is set for Thursday morning.

WFAA's Rebecca Lopez contributed to this report

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