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.
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.
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.
FedEx, who contracted Horner, released a statement following Athena’s death.
Tanner is a 31-year-old man. He holds an American Citizen and he belongs to the white race.