Athena Strand, 7, was reported missing by her stepmother on the day a FedEx driver is alleged to have killed her while delivering a Christmas present. Maitlyn Gandy, Athena’s mother, said that the suspect had driven onto her father’s property on November 30 to drop off the package of Barbie dolls from the “You Can Be Anything” line. On December 8, Gandy fought back tears as he remarked, “This is the package, and it’s the first time I’m seeing it.” Gandy was in front of the Wise County Courthouse.
According to an arrest warrant obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, driver Tanner Lynn Horner said he strangled Athena because he was afraid she would tell her father he hit her with his delivery van even though she had not previously been significantly hurt. On December 2, two days later, her body was found. Horner was detained and is currently being held in the Wise County Jail under a $1.5 million bail. He is accused of aggravated kidnapping and capital murder of a child under the age of ten, according to records. If he is found guilty, prosecutors said they will fight for the death sentence. The driver eligibility procedure at these service provider organizations includes a criminal history background check for all personnel, according to FedEx, which sent its sympathies to the family. According to reports, Horner is completely clean. – Steve Sijenyi