Athena Strand update: Mother pays tribute to 7-year-old ‘princess’ taken by ‘sick, cruel monster’ FedEx driver

AMBER Alert issued for 7-year-old Wise County girl

The body of Athena Strand, the seven-year-old girl from Texas who went missing on Wednesday, has been found 6 miles from her home, authorities said Friday.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a FedEx truck driver abducted Athena and she was likely dead within the hour based on digital evidence and a confession, CBS News reported.

The driver, Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, is being held in Wise County Jail on charges of capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.

An Amber Alert was issued on Thursday for the child, who disappeared the day before in paradise.

According to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, the child was dropped off from school at her home in Paradise at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Her mother-in-law reportedly called the police to report her missing around 6.40pm that day when she could not find Athena in her room after an argument.

After confirmation of her death, Athena’s mother posted a heartbreaking statement on Facebook calling her a “princess” and calling her murdered a “cruel and sick monster”.

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Athena Strand’s mother says her ‘princess’ was taken by a ‘cruel monster’

The heartbroken mother of Texas schoolgirl Athena Strand has described the suspect who allegedly confessed to her murder as a ‘sick, cruel freak’.

Athena, 7, disappeared from her home in Paradise, Texas on Wednesday after having a disagreement with her stepmother.

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Candlelight vigil scheduled for Tuesday

The local First Baptist Church in Cottondale held a candle-lit memorial service for the community to come together to celebrate the life of Athena Strand. It will take place on Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 4, 2022 1:15 p.m.

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Everything we know about the FedEx driver charged with the murder of Athena Strand

A FedEx contracted driver reportedly confessed to the kidnapping and murder of missing 7-year-old Athena Strand, Texas authorities say.

Here’s what we know so far.

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Watch Full: Wise County Sheriff’s Department Holds Press Conference

Athena Strand found dead after being kidnapped by FexEX driver: Wise County Sheriff

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Who is Tanner Horner?

The WFAA reports that Tanner Horner was working as a contracted FedEx truck driver delivering a package to Athena Strand’s family home when she was allegedly abducted.

He’s from Lake Worth, about 30 miles south of where Athena’s body was found.

Acting FBI Agent in Charge Jim Dwyer said authorities believe the seven-year-old did not die until about an hour after being abducted based on digital evidence and statements taken during an interview with Horner.

Authorities knew a FedEx driver drove to the house the day Athena went missing. The investigation pointed to Horner after a tip and good police work.

Horner is the only suspect authorities believe responsible for the case, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said.

He is not a relative and has no connection to the Strand family.

Horner is charged with capital murder and aggravated kidnapping. He is incarcerated in Wise County Jail and his bail is currently at $1.5 million.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 4, 2022 10:00

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Who is Athena Strand?

Seven-year-old Athena Strand has been missing since Wednesday evening around 6 p.m.

She was last seen at her father’s home on County Road 3573 in Paradise, Texas, wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt with white flowers, blue jeans with white flowers on the pockets and brown boots.

Athena reportedly left home after an argument with her stepmother.

Police said the woman spent “about an hour” looking for the youngster before calling the sheriff’s office.

The child’s father was believed to have been on a deer hunting trip in South Texas at the time of the disappearance.

On Friday evening, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin announced that a FedEx truck driver identified as Tanner Lynn Horner had been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of the missing child.

Mr. Horner was incarcerated for capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Mr Akin said around the time the child went missing on Wednesday, the suspect dropped off a package at the house.

She was probably abducted from her driveway, about 200 yards from the house.

She likely died within an hour based on digital evidence and a confession.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 4, 2022 08:00

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Recap: Body of missing 7-year-old girl found in Wise County, Texas

The body of seven-year-old Athena Strand was found in Wise County, Texas Sheriff Lane Akin said at a news conference Friday night.

Read the full story here:

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 4, 2022 06:00

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Family ‘devastated’ after missing child’s body found

Authorities said the family of seven-year-old Athena Strand were “devastated” after her body was discovered on Friday.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said, “They are angry about what happened – a precious child removed from their lives.”

Authorities believe the child was snatched from her driveway by and died within an hour based on digital evidence and statements gathered during an interview with Tanner Lynn Horner.

Horner, a FedEx truck driver is being held in Wise County Jail.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 4, 2022 04:00

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The FedEx driver who abducted Athena didn’t know her family

Authorities said 31-year-old FedEx truck driver Tanner Lynn Horner, detained in the kidnapping and murder of Athena Strand, did not know the missing seven-year-old girl or her family.

Sheriff Lane Akin said at a press conference on Friday, “He was unrelated and did not know the family.”

The seven-year-old girl had disappeared from her home on Wednesday.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 4, 2022 2:30 a.m.

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FedEx driver likely kidnapped and murdered Athena Strand, sheriff says

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin announced Friday that a FedEx truck driver identified as Tanner Lynn Horner has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder of seven-year-old missing Athena Strand.

Horner was incarcerated for capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.

Mr Akin said around the time the child went missing on Wednesday, Horner dropped off a package at the house.

She was probably abducted from her driveway, about 200 yards from the house.

She likely died within an hour based on digital evidence and a confession.

Mr Akin said the suspect gave authorities at least two fake locations – including an area of ​​CR 4599 which was recorded by police on Friday afternoon – before leading them to Athena’s body.

Olivier O’ConnellDecember 4, 2022 01:00

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