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Police: FedEx driver confesses to hitting and strangling Texas girl to death

Randy Mancini 11 December 9, 2022
A sign on the side of a FedEx truck on September 16, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida. Shares of FedEx fell after the company missed estimates on revenue and earnings in its first quarter. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A sign on the side of a FedEx truck on September 16, 2022 in Miami Beach, Florida. Shares of FedEx fell after the company missed estimates on revenue and earnings in its first quarter. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11: 11 PM AT – Friday, December 9, 2022

The FedEx driver accused of killing seven-year-old Athena Strand in Texas during his shift confessed to authorities that she was still alive after accidentally backing into her.

After two days missing, #AthenaStrand’s body has been found in Wise County TX. Sheriff says a contract FedEx driver who had delivered a package to her address has confessed to the abduction and murder. Prayers for this angel, her family and her community. pic.twitter.com/zbqYpwKrZu

— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) December 3, 2022

According to an arrest warrant affidavit released on Thursday, 31-year-old Tanner Lynn Horner killed Athena after he panicked because “she was going to tell her father about being hit by the FedEx truck.”

He told investigators that Athena was not seriously injured and that he had even spoken to her in his van to which she told him her name. This statement was proven true, as the FedEx truck was equipped with cameras that captured one-minute clips.

She was reported missing by her mother an hour after the incident. A large search team composed of 200 volunteers from the community was formed.

On Friday, authorities found Athena’s body southeast of the city of Boyd, a city about 11 miles away, after being led by Horner.

Horner is being charged with capital murder and aggravated kidnapping. In addition, his bond is set at $1.5 million.

Athena’s mother, Maitlyn Gandy, told media reporters that Horner was delivering Athena’s Christmas present, You Can Be Anything Barbie dolls, shortly before she was killed.

Missing 7 year old girl Athena Strand was found deceased less than 10 miles from home.She got into an argument with step mom. Left outside. A Fedex Driver delivering a package for her, kidnapped and killed her.

Athena Strand's Mother during press conference. pic.twitter.com/l0DypUxnZ7