Athena Strand, 7, missing in Texas after argument with stepmother

A 7-year-old girl mysteriously disappeared from her bedroom in Texas after a fight with her stepmother and has been missing for two days.

Athena Strand was last seen at her home in paradise at 5:45pm on Wednesday. an Amber Alert states. The city is approximately 40 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

“We know there was a little argument between her and her stepmother last night, but that’s not unusual,” Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin told NBC 5. “There was this argument, then the stepmother dealt with that Making dinner came back to get Athena and Athena wasn’t in her room.”

The stepmother searched for Athena for about an hour before reporting the young girl missing, Akin said.

Police suspect she left the house alone but may have lost her way. Officials waited until Thursday morning to issue an Amber Alert because her family told police Athena had done this before, and officers hoped to find her during the night, WFAA reported.

However, Athena’s family told police the girl was afraid of the dark and wasn’t sure if she would voluntarily leave the house alone.

“We definitely don’t think Athena ran away,” Keeland Kulbeth, Athena’s aunt and sister to Athena’s mother, told NBC 5.

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Athena had had an argument with her stepmother shortly before she disappeared.
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The police also check crime and kidnapping possibilities.

Athena’s disappearance sparked an intense search effort. About 200 citizens joined various Texas departments to comb an estimated 50 acres in paradise. The response was so overwhelming that the Wise County Office of Emergency Management asked the volunteers to stop appearing on search parties.

The search lasted until Friday. During the night’s search, helicopters used thermal imaging cameras to spot signs of Athena, Akin said.

“We won’t give up. We will keep working,” Akin said.

The police are looking for Athena.

Police suspect Athena left the house alone, but may have lost her way.

Volunteers search for Athena.

Athena’s family said the girl was afraid of the dark.

Hundreds of people are looking for Athena.

Search party helicopters used thermal imagers to detect signs of Athena.

A volunteer searches for Athena.

About 200 citizens joined various Texas departments to comb an estimated 50 acres in paradise.

Athena’s family describes her as a kind and sweet little girl.

“She’s a very loving, kind kid, loves people, loves animals, loves flowers, she’s a very girly girl,” Kulbeth told NBC 5.

“I’m scared and I hope we find them because I don’t want anyone involved at the moment.”

Athena was last seen in a gray long sleeve shirt with white flowers, blue jeans with white flowers on the pockets and brown boots, advises Amber Alerts. Her ears are pierced but she was not wearing earrings at the time of her disappearance. She also has two red moles on her lower back.

Anyone with information regarding Athena’s disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971. Athena Strand, 7, missing in Texas after argument with stepmother


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