Children playing in a residential neighborhood in Saginaw found the body of a child under a tarp Monday evening around 7:30. The body was found on Roundrock Dr. and the corner of Cindy Lane, and reported to have been dumped from a truck on the side of the road.
Saginaw police are searching for a red truck with a green splatter of paint the size of a paint ball on the right rear quarter panel.
Police have not released the gender of the dead child, but reports are it is that of a young female. The investigation is ongoing at the time of this report with the FBI and Texas Rangers on the scene.
Federal investigators are searching a home in Saginaw in connection with the discovery of a child’s body.
Saginaw police confirmed the FBI executed a search warrant in the 600 block of Babbling Brook Drive (about a mile from where the body was found) around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. They also confirmed it was the victim’s home.
Witnesses reported her body was wrapped in a tarp. She was wearing only purple underwear, and her feet and legs were bound and she had a plastic bag over her head. She appeared to be about 5 or 6 years old.
Police are questioning her parents. They did report her missing, but it is unclear when.
UPDATE 7/3/13 via Star-Telegram
Neighbors identified the child as Alanna Gallagher.
John Janus, who lives on Crystal Brook Drive, the next street over to the west, said his 11-year-old daughter attends school with Alanna’s older sister, and that the girl frequently played at his home.
She had brown curly hair and a constant smile.
“She seemed smarter than the average 5-year-old, just because of the questions she’d always ask,” Janus said. “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.”
Janus said the father is “a cool guy” with a great sense of humor.
“I walked with him on many a Halloween,” Janus said of the trick-or-treat outings their families shared. “I think that’s a dad thing.”
On Monday evening, Alanna’s father came to the Januses’ front door with a worried look on his face, saying that he couldn’t find his little girl.
“You could tell on his face, he didn’t know what to do,” Janus said. “It was like he was in shock and that he didn’t know where else to look.”
Janus said he offered to help him search and as they walked toward the street, two police patrol units pulled up next to each other on the corner. The officers were talking “car to car.”
The father approached the cars. Janus said he suspected that the man was asking about his daughter. The father turned back toward Janus, but one of the patrol cars pulled around to the father, Janus said, and the officer offered to drive him back to his house.