FedEx driver Tanner Lynn Horner was arrested on Friday. He is accused of kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old girl in North Texas after delivering a package to her house.
Horner is 31 and lives in Fort Worth. He doesn’t seem to have a criminal history in either Tarrant or Wise counties.
He was being held in the Wise County Jail on a $1.5 million bond on Friday night. He is being charged with capital murder of a child under 10 and aggravated kidnapping in connection with the death of Athena Strand. Athena’s body was found on Friday night, two days after her stepmother said that she was missing.
The police said that Horner admitted to the crime. Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin would not say anything about why the kidnapping and murder might have happened. Investigators believe Horner had no knowledge of Athena or her family, he said.
Horner’s social media accounts say that he has been an Uber driver, is a musician, and graduated from Azle High School.
FedEx made a statement Friday night.
“Words can’t express how shocked and saddened we are by the news about this terrible event.
First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family during this very hard time, and we are still working closely with the authorities who are looking into what happened. “At this time, if you have any more questions, you should ask the police.”
At the news conference, authorities said they thought Horner was from Lake Worth. However, property records show that his address is within the city limits of Fort Worth, on the west side of the lake.
“Just to be clear, the suspect does not live in the city of Lake Worth.” Instead, he lives near the lake, which is miles from Colw,” Lake Worth Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian tweeted. “Please continue to pray for Athena’s family and the police officers who are looking into this horrible crime.”
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