Branum, daughter of Wishbone and Cindy Scalf, will forever remain 37 years old. That was her age on March 16, 2017, when her vehicle was hit head-on by another driver who is now the subject of a national manhunt.
Police say 31-year-old Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya — who also goes by Alan Mogollon and possibly Alan Anaya and other variations of his full name — was the man driving the vehicle that hit Branum’s. She died and her son was injured. Mogollon, also injured, survived the crash, as did three children he had in his truck.
Scalf has become a spokeswoman for her daughter to keep the pressure on law enforcement to capture Mogollon-Anaya. She and her husband have been communicating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement — ICE — which established the Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement — VOICE — “to acknowledge and serve the needs of crime victims and their families who have been affected by crimes committed by individuals with a nexus to immigration,” the agency website states.
“We have been in contact with a VOICE/ICE agent for around a year-and-a-half trying to get Alan Jacob Mogollon-Anaya on the ICE most wanted fugitive list,” Scalf said. “We got the news early afternoon on Wednesday,” that Mogollon had been added to the list.
“I immediately called the agent we had been working with on this issue. She checked to make sure it was legit and called me back with the news that Alan had indeed been placed on ICE most-wanted fugitive list. My husband and I were elated. We feel as though we are finally getting somewhere and are hopeful of an arrest and conviction of Shirra's killer.”
Mogollon-Anaya was not charged immediately after the deadly crash. He was also injured and spent a few days in the hospital. But he apparently left the hospital before the Washington County Sheriff’s Office got a warrant for his arrest.
The sheriff’s office got results of the expedited blood test from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab, but Mogollon was long gone. He left behind his wife and their children and vanished.
He is 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.
There’s a $10,000 reward offered for the arrest and conviction of Mogollon-Anaya, but so far no one has provided information about his whereabouts. Now Scalf is raising money to place billboard advertisements here as well as Louisiana, where Mogollon-Anaya has known relatives living, in an attempt to entice someone to come forward.
Scalf also joined a group of other families — called Angel Families — in Washington earlier this week in hopes of talking to legislators about the need for a border wall.
“Most everyone who met up in D.C. had written, e-mailed or called trying to get an appointment with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Shumer,” Scalf said on Friday. “Only one of the 30 members got a response from Nancy stating she did not have time to meet with him. We went to Nancy's office in hopes of a chance of meeting with her. As soon as we walked into the reception area the doors were immediately shut and within five minutes the police showed up. They took no action against us because we were doing nothing wrong.”
Scalf said some members of the Angel Families were able to stay longer and were able to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss their concerns.
Anyone with information about Mogollon or where he might be can contact their local law enforcement agency.