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[UPDATED] Search for missing 7-year-old shifts to investigation in Wise County


Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin has provided an update regarding the search and investigation into the disappearance of 7-year-old Athena Strand.

On Wednesday afternoon at approximately 4:15pm, Athena got off her school bus at County Road 3573 just north of Farm to Market Road 2123 in Wise County. At around 6:40pm, her step-mother called 9-1-1 to report Athena was missing.

Wise County Sheriff’s Office deputies, paramedics with Wise County EMS, and volunteer firefighters responded and immediately commenced a search of her family home and areas surrounding the property. They were assisted by DPS Troopers and DPS-101 helicopter. A search continued into the early morning hours of Thursday before it was called off around 4:30am.

The search reconvened on Thursday morning with the help of several agencies and hundreds of citizen volunteers. Infrared drones and thermal-imaging cameras on helicopters were utilized, but she was not located. Two different K-9 teams picked up a scent near her immediate home, but neither team were able to locate anything.

As of Friday afternoon, Sheriff Akin says the situation has shifted from an active search to an investigation. Spot searches continue in the immediate area; however, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and other state and federal law enforcement agencies have started a thorough investigation into her disappearance.

Sheriff Akin is asking all residents in the region of her residence (FM 2123 and CR 3573) to walk their property and check outbuildings for any information related to Athena’s disappearance.

If you know something, call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

UPDATE – According to Sheriff Lane Akin, Athena’s body was located approximately 6 miles east of Cottondale.

Earlier today, a tip was received regarding a FedEx truck and her disappearance. Law enforcement believe the driver abducted Athena. He is a 31-year-old man from the Lake Worth area, charged with Capital Murder and Kidnapping. The man is in Wise County jail.

Sheriff Akin says the man has confessed to the incident. He was delivering a package to the home at the time of Athena’s disappearance. Officials say the suspect did not know the family.

Passenger freed from 18-wheeler wreck after 2-hour extrication in Dallas

At around 12:12pm this afternoon, several Dallas Fire Rescue and Dallas Police Department units were dispatched to an 18-wheeler crash on northbound I35E near Highway 635 in the Farmers Branch area.

Firefighters arrived to find an 18-wheeler overturned with the cab against a bridge support pillar. The driver of the 18-wheeler was able to get out, but the extensive wreckage pinned a passenger inside the cab.

Dallas Fire Rescue’s specialized Urban Search and Rescue teams were called to the accident scene for an extended extrication situation. After an extrication time of approximately two hours, the passenger was freed and airlifted to a local trauma center by CareFlite.

A sedan was also involved in the crash. The driver was transported to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

All lanes of northbound I35E were closed for an extended period of time to allow for emergency responders to work the scene.

Driver killed in crash while fleeing from Garland police

A 25-year-old driver was killed in a crash Wednesday night while fleeing from Garland police, officials say.

Garland PD made a traffic stop on the vehicle at approximately 10:09pm. The officer made contact with the driver, but he took off. A pursuit ensued for several minutes, but officers backed off the suspect vehicle due to the dangerously high speeds.

At around 10:18pm, Richardson Fire/EMS and Police were dispatched to a crash at the intersection of S. Greenville Avenue and Centennial Blvd.

Authorities say the driver of a sedan was driving westbound on Centennial Blvd while being pursued by Garland police. The driver ran a red light at the given intersection and t-boned a pickup truck traveling southbound on Greenville Avenue.

The driver fleeing from police was transported by paramedics to a local hospital, but pronounced deceased. Two other passengers in the vehicle were not seriously hurt. The driver of the pickup truck was not seriously hurt either.

Police found narcotics and cash inside the suspect vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation by Richardson and Garland police departments.

Limo driver hits, kills pedestrian in Arlington

A limo driver will not face charges following a fatal crash in north Arlington, police say.

At approximately 10:56pm on Tuesday evening, a limo driver was traveling northbound on N. Collins Street when the vehicle struck a pedestrian walking in the right lane of the roadway. Police say he was wearing dark clothing.

Paramedics transported the pedestrian to a Texas Health HEB, but he was pronounced deceased. He has been identified as a 31-year-old man.

Police say the limo driver pulled over and rendered “reasonable assistance.” She is not facing any charges related to this accident.

The collision occurred between NE Green Oaks Blvd and Viridian Park Lane.

“The Arlington Police Department reminds the public that pedestrians should always use sidewalks and only cross roadways at traffic lights and designated crosswalks.”

No serious injuries after school bus hits 18-wheeler in Fort Worth

At 5:16pm this evening, multiple emergency responders from Fort Worth PD, Fort Worth FD, and MedStar EMS responded to the intersection of Crowley Road and Park West Circle for a crash involving a school bus.

Officials say the driver of a school bus hit the back end of an 18-wheeler.

There were no children on the school bus. MedStar says the driver of the school bus did not sustain any serious injuries.

Lanes were closed while Fort Worth PD cleared the scene.

Missing Little Elm man found dead at Denton County crash scene

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatality accident that reportedly occurred on the evening of Thanksgiving, November 24th, in Denton County.

Yesterday, a citizen in the area of Farm to Market Road 2931 and Brewer Road located a crashed vehicle off the road. The vehicle was located in heavy brush on a private property. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Investigators determined the crash occurred several days earlier. They believe the crash occurred around 9:00pm on Thursday evening. The driver was traveling at a high rate of speed on southbound Farm to Market Road 2931 when he failed to make a sharp curve in the road. The vehicle crashed off the roadway and overturned.

The deceased driver has been identified as a missing 30-year-old man from Little Elm.

The crash remains under investigation.

Customer shoots, kills man stealing items at dollar store in Dallas

The Dallas Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred at a Family Dollar store on Tuesday evening.

Last night just before 7:30pm, a man was attempting to steal items from the Family Dollar store located in the 3200 block of S. Lancaster Road. Store employees caught the man and a fight broke out.

A 47-year-old male customer entered the store and witnessed the fight. The customer pulled out a weapon and shot the man as he fought with the employees. The alleged thief then stumbled outside the store, collapsed, and died. Police did not find any weapons on him.

The customer was arrested for murder and taken to the Dallas County jail.

The incident remains under investigation.

Juvenile killed in Grand Prairie shooting

The Grand Prairie Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred early Monday morning at a home in the 2000 block of Aggie Drive.

At 4:15am, Grand Prairie police officers responded to the scene and located a 17-year-old male with an apparent gunshot wound. Paramedics transported him to Medical City Arlington where he died from his injuries.

Detectives say the victim and the suspects, who knew each other, were engaged in high-risk activity (such as a drug deal or similar situation) when a disturbance between the three individuals occurred. During the fight, one of the suspects shot the victim.

The suspects, identified by police as a 17-year-old male and 20-year-old male, were arrested at their house in Waxahachie by the United States Marshal Service North Texas Fugitive Task Force. Both are in the Grand Prairie jail on a charge of Capital Murder. Bond is set at $1,000,000 each.

The incident remains under investigation.

Two drivers killed in wrong-way crash on PGBT in Rowlett

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatality accident that occurred overnight in the southbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike near Lakeview Parkway.

At around 12:19am this morning, Rowlett Fire Department and DPS Troopers responded to the crash and found two vehicles with major damage. Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene by paramedics.

Authorities say the driver of a pickup truck was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of PGBT when they hit another vehicle head-on. Both drivers were killed in their crash. Their identities have not yet been released pending next of kin notifications.

The crash remains under investigation.

Motorcyclist killed in Parker County crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatality accident that occurred late Monday night between Granbury and Weatherford.

At around 11:00pm, multiple emergency responders were called to a motorcycle crash in the 11100 block of Granbury Highway (Farm to Market Road 51) near Baker Cut Off Road.

Troopers say a 28-year-old man was operating a motorcycle at high speeds when he lost control on a curve and crashed into a fence. Paramedics pronounced him deceased at the scene. He has been identified as a resident of Weatherford.

No additional details have been released.

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