Cindy Scalf, mother of Shirra Branum, said late Thursday afternoon that an anonymous donor contacted her pastor to make the contribution, adding $5,000 to the $5,000 the Scalfs put up after the man accused of driving the truck that hit her daughter left the area.
“They met today and he gave our pastor a cashier’s check for $5,000,” Scalf said, barely able to contain her emotion. The reward now stands at $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of 30-year-old Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya, who also goes by Alan Mogollon and possibly Alan Anaya.
The deadly crash happened in the 600 block of Conklin Road around 6:30 p.m. on March 16. Branum, 37, 313 Rambling Road, Jonesborough, was driving a 2001 Nissan Xterra when authorities said Mogollon, driving a 2002 Ford F-150, crossed the center line and struck Branum’s SUV head-on. Branum died, and her son was injured and admitted to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.
Anaya and three children in his truck were also injured, but when Anaya was released from the hospital, he left Washington County. Since then, local, state and federal authorities have been following up on leads to track his whereabouts. So far, nothing has flushed Anaya from his hiding spot.
Scalf and her family have tried to keep the story in the public’s eye, which led to a rally in Jonesborough Saturday. News coverage of that rally led to a phone call from a man who wanted to remain anonymous in doubling the reward the Scalfs had already offered.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” Scalf said of the man’s generosity. “It gives me hope that there are still good people out there.”
She said she didn’t plan the rally to raise money for the reward, but simply to keep Anaya’s name and picture in the public’s eye.
“We were just trying to get his face out there,” she said. “I’m just a Mom that would do what any parent would do. I’m trying to catch my daughter’s killer. I don’t have the words to express my appreciation for whoever this person is,” who made the donation.
There is a warrant out for Anaya’s arrest. He’s charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, three counts of aggravated child abuse and neglect, aggravated assault, driving under the influence fourth offense, driving left of center and violation of probation.
Anyone with information about Anaya or where he may be can contact their local law enforcement agency or the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 788-1414.