Kids found her body wrapped in a tarp by the side of a neighborhood road.
Her hands and feet were bound.
A plastic bag was over her head.
She was wearing only purple underwear, KDFW-TV reported.
Amanda Gallagher—called by those who knew her “a precious little girl” and a “bubbly and always happy” kindergarten student—had just celebrated her sixth birthday on June 12, less than three weeks before she was murdered, KTVT-TV said.
The FBI is offering $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the unsolved case.
Police in Saganaw, Texas., a suburb of Dallas-Ft. Worth, don’t consider anyone in Gallagher’s family a suspect, KTVT-TV reported. Neighbors said Gallagher’s father, Karl, was going door-to-door looking for Alanna on Monday night, the same time frame when he and her mother reported Alanna missing, KDFW-TV noted. But her body had been found around 7:30 p.m. about a mile from her house.
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Saginaw police requested the FBI assist in their investigation. A FBI Evidence Response Team collected evidence and took photographs of the crime scene early Tuesday morning.
According to a FBI receipt of seized evidence, federal agents took a blue-gray tarp, electrical tape, and Wal-Mart plastic bags from a car registered to the victim’s parents. The car is parked on the street in front of where the 6-year-old victim lived. Agents also searched the girl’s home, where she lived with two siblings, her parents and another man.
The girl’s uncle told NBC 5 that his niece’s family had recently gone on a camping trip.
An informal memorial emerged on the curb where her body was found, lined with stuffed animals and flowers and cards.
Gallagher’s aunt, Teresa McDaniel said she was very loved by her parents and siblings. “I just broke down and cried,” she told KXAS-TV. “There was no speculation as to whether it was her, not her. When I read how she was found, I just broke down. I break down and cry when I hear one of these stories on the news, but to find out that’s my niece — that’s something that you can’t hold on to anymore.”
“She seemed smarter than the average [child her age], just because of the questions she’d always ask,” neighbor John Janus told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “And her parents are nice and very, very smart people. They like books. The last time I was in their home, the front room looked like a library.”
John Smith, 18, won’t forget the moment he discovered Alanna’s body. “At first, I just thought it was some rubber stuff at first, and then I got a closer look and all I saw was a bag and I saw some hair sticking out and so, I was like, ‘Oh my God! It’s a girl!’ And that’s when I dropped to my knees and just started crying,” he told KXAS-TV.
Saginaw police have set up to 24-hour tip lines for the public to leave potential information about the case. The phone numbers are 682-888-3682 and 682-888-3684.
Here’s a report from KXAS-TV:
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The 911 call, via KXAS-TV:
(H/T: Daily Mail)