The FedEx driver allegedly informed investigators the Texas woman was alive after being hit by the automotive
A FedEx driver panics after being hit 7-year-old girl from Texas He drove her into the truck along with his work van, the place he killed her, authorities stated.
Tanner Lynn Horner, 31, who’s charged with capital homicide and aggravated kidnapping, informed authorities he put Athena Strand in his work truck after she hit him, in line with an arrest warrant affidavit launched Thursday.
Horner informed investigators the kid was not critically injured when the truck by accident rear-ended him. Horner informed investigators he even talked to the woman in his van the place she informed him her title, the affidavit stated.
However he killed her after he “panicked” and since “he was going to inform his father about being hit by the FedEx truck that the defendant was driving,” the affidavit stated.
A number of media shops reported Thursday that Athena’s mom, Matelin Gandy, was delivering Athena’s Christmas current, a “You Can Be Something” Barbie doll, shortly earlier than she was killed. Athena was robbed of the chance to develop as much as do what she needed to do Be,” Gandy stated, breaking down and crying at instances. “I used to be presupposed to deliver Athena again dwelling to Oklahoma after Christmas break. Now as an alternative, Athena shall be cremated and are available dwelling in an urn as a result of I am nowhere close to able to let my child go.”
The affidavit states that Athena’s stepmother known as 911 to report the woman lacking from their dwelling in Paradise, Smart County, on Nov. 30 at 6:41 p.m.
The kid disappeared lower than an hour after her stepmother final noticed her in her makeshift bed room, a transformed storage shed she shared along with her stepsister, the affidavit stated.
Investigators, in line with the affidavit, had a bundle delivered by FedEx when she disappeared. Investigators labored with a contractor that delivers packages for FedEx to find out which van and driver made the supply.
Investigators additionally discovered that the FedEx truck was outfitted with cameras that captured a one-minute clip, the affidavit stated. An FBI agent analyzed the video proof and located that “the driving force took a younger woman into his van who gave the impression to be Athena. The driving force was seen on video speaking to her within the van,” the affidavit stated.
Investigators had been capable of determine Horner as the driving force.
Horner, after allegedly admitting he killed the woman, additionally informed investigators the place to search for her. Legislation enforcement officers discovered the useless little one within the water, the affidavit stated.
Horner was arrested on Friday, two days after the woman went lacking, prompting a significant search involving about 200 volunteers from the group.
Smart County Sheriff Lane Akin informed reporters Friday that authorities discovered her physique about 11 miles southeast of Boyd, a city.
“We’ve got the confession,” Akin stated at a information convention Friday evening.
A bond for Horner was set at $1.5 million. It was not instantly clear Thursday evening whether or not Horner had an lawyer.
FedEx stated in a press release that its ideas are with the household, and that the corporate is cooperating totally with regulation enforcement.
“Phrases can not describe our shock and disappointment on the reviews surrounding this tragic occasion,” FedEx stated
This text was initially revealed NBCNews.com
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