Saginaw police looking for drivers of two black cars

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Police continued to search Monday for two drivers in black cars that were seen in a neighborhood where the body of 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher was dumped in the street earlier this month.

Authorities released photographs of the two cars taken from a home security surveillance camera near Roundrock Drive and Cindy Lane, where Alanna’s body was found on July beneath a tarp. One was a four-door black car and the other was a two-door vehicle, police said.

“We believe they may have seen something,” said Saginaw officer Damon Ing. “We just need to find them to ask them questions.”

No one has been arrested in the case.

In addition to the two cars, police still were searching for the driver of a red pickup that was seen in the area about the time Alanna’s body was found. A witness told police that the back right panel had what appeared to be a splatter of green paint.

Police on Monday also said there were no new developments in the Friday morning burning of a Ford Taurus in the driveway of Alanna’s parents and a makeshift memorial of stuffed animals just down the street.

Alanna had been playing outside on the afternoon of July 1 when she disappeared. Her partially nude body was found that evening in a black trash bag wrapped with tape and placed beneath a tarp at Roundrock Drive and Cindy Lane.

Alanna was a kindergartner at Willow Creek Elementary School in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw district.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office has not ruled on a case of death, but police are treating it as a homicide.

On Friday, Laura Gallagher said a neighbor had awakened her family to tell them that their car was on fire. She was home with her husband, Karl Gallagher, and Miles McDaniel, another man who lives at the home. Their other two children were staying with relatives at the time of the fire.

“I don’t know if this is related to what happened to our daughter or if this is someone just deciding to react to the publicity in this way. I have no idea,” Gallagher told the Star-Telegram on Friday. “I don't really understand the kind of people that can do this kind of thing. I don't understand the idea that anyone could have even hurt Alanna.”

Alanna’s death is being investigated by Saginaw police, FBI agents, Texas Rangers and other law enforcement agencies. Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the arson investigation.

Gallagher has declined to comment about the investigation, but she did address a FBI report that investigators seized “red tape, white tape, camo tape, black electrical tape” from inside the Taurus.

Gallagher has said her husband is in the Texas State Guard and kept supplies needed to help set up public shelters during emergencies or bad weather in his car.

This report contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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