Police are investigating reports that a man tried to lure two sisters to his truck just a month prior to the slaying of six year old Texas girl Alanna Gallagher, 6, according to an NBC DFW July 9, 2013 report.
Alanna’s nude body was found in a Saginaw intersection at around 7:30 pm on July 1. She was wrapped in a tarp and reportedly had a plastic bag placed over her head. Several media reports indicate her hands and feet were bound with a red ribbon or tape.
Alex Acuna, 9, and Andrea Acuna, 11, told NBC they were playing in their Fort Worth front yard on May 31 when the man attempted to get their attention by saying, “Hey you, come over here. I have something for you.”
The sisters said they were frightened by the man.
According to NBC, their father, Andy Acuna, was watching the incident from the front door.
“I heard someone calling over to my kids and that was a red flag to me… I immediately shut the door and walked out,” he said.
Acuna then approached the truck, asking the stranger, “Hey, do you need something? What do you need?”
He said the man looked at him and appeared to be shaking and told Acuna he was trying to sell his refrigerator.
Acuna did not believe the man’s story and said to him, “No, buddy, I don’t think so.”
The concerned father was able to get the license plate number of their truck before the man sped off.
The family describes the red truck as looking rusty and having a green splash of paint on the back passenger side.
Alanna is slated to be laid to rest at 11 am on Thursday, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Richland Hills. Following the funeral, she will be buried at Greenwood Cemetery.
The FBI has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for Alanna’s death. Anyone with information is urged to call 682-888-3682 or 682-888-3684.
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