A 7-year-old Texas girl was fatally shot two days after she was reported missing, and a FedEx delivery man Tanner Lynn Horner was arrested in her killing.
The suspect in the abduction and death of seven-year-old Athena Strand has been photographed after his arrest on kidnapping and murder charges.
After Athena was found dead by authorities only days after the little child went missing from her Paradise, Texas home, FedEx driver Tanner Lynn Horner was arrested.
According to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin
FedEx driver Tanner Lynn Horner reportedly admitted to investigators that he kidnapped and murdered Athena. Athena’s house was being delivered by Horner on Wednesday when she was reportedly abducted.
Around 4.30 p.m., the seven-year-old returned from school and went upstairs to her bedroom. Around 5 o’clock that day, Athena was the last saw.
Athena’s stepmother is claimed to have reported her missing at about 6:40 p.m. after failing to locate her. Police suspect, she was abducted from her driveway around 200 yards from the family’s gate. On Thursday, an AMBER Alert was issued for Athena. Athena’s birth mother thanked volunteers and law enforcement personnel for their help in the hunt for her daughter on social media while police searched for the little child.
“Thank you to my wonderful family and the large support from the Wise County community. We are continuing our search,” “I ask that everyone pray.. pray some more, continue to pray, and never stop praying. I cannot live without my baby and I need her brought home safely to me. “Athena didn’t walk away or disappear on her own. I will not give up or stop until I have Athena back. I feel like there is a hole in my heart and half of my soul is missing. Please do not give up on my baby.”Kaitlyn Gandy shared on Facebook a day after Athena was reported missing:
On Friday, authorities found Athena’s corpse roughly 6 miles southeast of Boyd after following three different leads as to where the young girl may be. According to the FBI, Athena died just about an hour after being taken. Akin described Athena’s family as “devastated,” despite the fact that they had no relationship to Horner.
“They’re angry because of what happened — a precious child taken from their lives,” Akin said.
“It’s one of the toughest investigations I’ve ever been involved in because it’s a child.”
“Any time there’s a child that dies, it just hits you in your heart. You compare that child to your own children when they were at that age.” “First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family during this most difficult time, and we continue to cooperate fully with the investigating authorities. At this time, any further questions should be directed to law enforcement.”Akin said:
FedEx, who contracted Horner, released a statement following Athena’s death.
Tanner Lynn Horner’s Age and Citizen
Tanner is a 31-year-old man. He holds an American Citizen and he belongs to the white race.
According to Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin, FedEx driver Tanner Lynn Horner reportedly admitted to investigators that he kidnapped and murdered Athena.
A 7-year-old little girl was kidnapped by Fed-ex Driver Tanner Lynn Horner.