Athena Strand

AMBER Alert: Massive Search Underway as 7-year-old Texas Girl Vanishes, Possible Abduction

Texas authorities issued an AMBER Alert Thursday for a 7-year-old Wise County girl who hasn’t been seen in almost 24 hours.

According to CBS DFW, Athena Strand was last seen Wednesday evening in the 200 block of County Road 3573, in Paradise. Police told reporters that Athena may have run away after an argument with her parents. However, they have not yet ruled anything out, including abduction.

Amber’s mother reported her missing at around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and said she’d been looking for her daughter but couldn’t find her.

Athena stands 4 feet tall and weighs about 65 pounds. She has blue eyes and dirty blond hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans with white flowers on the front pockets, a gray and black long-sleeve shirt, light brown boots, and could possibly have on a flannel overskirt.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and numerous other law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search, along with community volunteers. Police said no more volunteers are needed and are asking the public not to show up for the search.

The Amber Alert indicates that “law enforcement believes the child’s safety and health are in danger.” Anyone with information should call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971.

Check back for updates.

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast. Listen to the latest episode:

Join Nancy Grace for her new online video series designed to help you protect what you love most — your children.

[Featured image: Police Handout]