In Saginaw Murder, Investigators Have Set Up Road Blocks, Seized Items from Girl's Home

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Alanna Gallagher
A week has passed since two teenagers walking through Saginaw discovered the body of 6-year-old Alanna Gallagher, naked, bound and gagged and wrapped in heavy plastic. No arrests have been made. Tips continue to flood in, and the town remains baffled and on edge.

Investigators have said repeatedly that the girl's parents -- there are three listed in her obit, and they all apparently lived together -- are not suspects in the murder. And on Monday they cast a remarkably wide net, setting up road blocks to look in cars and interview drivers, Fox4 reported.

But they have been doing some more targeted sleuthing.

WFAA obtained a search warrant executed the day after the murder by the FBI at the girl's home on Babbling Brook Drive and in three cars. They came back with more than 100 items, including several kinds of plastic bags, receipts, four kinds of tape, swabbings and toothbrushes for DNA, computers, thumb drives and more. You can see the contents removed below.

Gallagher's funeral is Thursday.

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I don't see anywhere where the obituary implies that the three parents were cohabitating.  Is there some additional information of which I am unaware?  Or is it possible (likely?) that the obituary writer listed a stepfather as a "parent"?


Roadblocks, looking into cars and interviewing drivers, a full week after the body was discovered isn't crime investigation. It's public intimidation and fishing for offenses. Saginaw PD is out of place in the murder investigation, and out of line with Constitutional rights.


Even if the 3's company parents didn't physically harm her, they're still responsible for what happened to this poor little girl. I think it's BS that they're not being considered suspects. The girl was found decomposed which means she had to have been like that for a while. Why did the dad just report her missing the day she was found? Where were the parents this whole time? Why weren't they watching her? To hurt to talk to the media my a**!


"Investigators have said repeatedly that the girl's parents -- there are three listed in her obit, and they all apparently lived together -- are not suspects in the murder."

BS they are not suspects.  You don't get a warrant and search places you have no interest in.

Also, the inverted "Three's Company" is more than a curiosity.  I smell some pretty significant norms-breaking going on here and it isn't too far to go through the next set of normative barriers, once the the first set is breached.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

An interesting list of items seized.

#19 from the house "Hair sample obtained from multicolored cat" --- I'll bet the cat was quite happy with that one.

I can see where some of the samples and items need to be taken to demonstrate that the young girl was in that house or in one of the vehicles at some time in the past.  But some of the other items seized do raise a lot of questions in my mind.

It is interesting that they say that the parents are not suspects, yet quite a bit of computer equipment and camera equipment was seized.

I can't help but come to the conclusion that child porn is a possibility.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Can anyone get any sicker?  What motivates a human being to commit these atrocities? 


No, it's grasping at straws, but it's SOMETHING that might produce a lead -- heavy on the might.  Sag PD in over their heads, no doubt, but trying to rally...

everlastingphelps topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Actually, a lot of the items are things you use to exclude evidence in forensics.  For example, you would expect cat hair from the family cat to be in the fiber evidence -- and if you find cat hair that doesn't match the family cat, that suggests that she was in a different location sometime that day.

The unusual part of this is that the collection of exclusion evidence is generally done voluntarily, not by search warrant.  To me, it is all the electronic storage and half dozen computers, the hot tub evidence (water, filters, chems) and the gobs and gobs of plastic bags.  Add that up with the three parents and the restraints, and I'm suspecting a child porn setup.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter


Very true on the first paragraph.  It is just that I had this picture in my head about the hair sample being taken from the cat; and, that the cat was not very happy about it.

The story doesn't go into detail about how many people live at the house, but the 4 computers, the server, the laptops and the video equipment does raise a lot of questions.

There is more to this story than just a young child being found dead.  Some one is wanting to make sure that the chain of evidence is very clear and without any questions.

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