A 7-year-old lady mysteriously vanished from her Texas bed room after she received into an argument along with her stepmother and has been lacking for 2 days.
Athena Strand was final seen in her Paradise residence Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., an Amber Alert states. The town lies roughly 40 miles northwest of Fort Price.
“We all know that there was slightly little bit of an argument between her and her step-mom final night time nevertheless it isn’t something uncommon,” Clever County Sheriff Lane Akin advised NBC 5. “There was that argument, then step-mom went to repair dinner, got here again to get Athena, and Athena wasn’t in her room.”
The stepmother looked for Athena for about an hour earlier than she reported the younger lady lacking, Akin mentioned.
Police theorize she left the house on her personal however might have gotten misplaced. Officers waited to launch an Amber Alert till Thursday morning as a result of her household advised police that Athena had achieved this earlier than and officers hoped they might discover her within the night time, WFAA reported.
Athena’s household, nevertheless, advised police the lady is afraid of the darkish and have been not sure she would willingly go away the house alone.
“We positively don’t imagine Athena ran off,” Keeland Kulbeth, Athena’s aunt and sister to Athena’s mother, advised NBC 5.
Police are additionally wanting into criminality and kidnapping potentialities.
Athena’s disappearance sparked intense search efforts. About 200 residents joined numerous Texas departments to comb an estimated 50 acres in Paradise. The response was so overwhelming that the Clever County Workplace of Emergency Administration division requested volunteers to cease exhibiting as much as search events.
The search continued by way of Friday. Through the night time searches, helicopters used thermal imaging to catch indicators of Athena, Akin mentioned.
“We’re not going to surrender. We’re going to maintain working,” mentioned Akin.
Athena’s household describes her as a sort and candy little lady.
“She’s a really loving, pleasant child, loves individuals, loves animals, loves flowers, she’s a really girly lady,” Kulbeth advised NBC 5.
“I’m scared and I’m hoping that we discover her ’trigger I wouldn’t need anybody to be on this proper now.”
Athena was final seen carrying a grey long-sleeve shirt with white flowers, blue denims with white flowers on the pockets, and brown boots, Amber Alerts advise. She has pierced ears, however wasn’t carrying earrings on the time of her disappearance. She additionally has two purple birthmarks on her decrease again.
Anybody with data on Athena’s disappearance or location is requested to name the Clever County Sheriff’s Workplace at 940-627-5971.