Amber Alert Issued for Missing Seven-Year-Old


Missing seven-year-old Athena Strand | Image by WFAA

A search is underway for a missing seven-year-old from Wise County.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Athena Strand, whose stepmother reported her missing from home Wednesday evening.

Authorities are concerned about Strand’s health and safety and believe she is in danger.

Strand was reported missing around 6:40 p.m. on November 30. Her mother told police she was looking for her for more than an hour and eventually contacted the Wise County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO). According to the sheriff’s office, the family claimed that Athena had done this before.

Strand was last seen at the 200 block of County Road 3573 in Paradise, Texas, wearing a plaid jacket, jeans, and boots, according to police.

WFAA reported that both the stepmother and father are cooperating with the search. The sheriff’s office said that more than 200 citizens are helping with the search and have covered more than 50 acres thus far.

Many local agencies are assisting the WCSO in the search, including the Texas Department of Public Safety, the local Texas Ranger, the Fort Worth Police Department, the Bridgeport Police Department, several local fire departments, Wise County EMS, and Search Rescue One (K-9 assisted).

A video posted on Twitter showed volunteers searching Paradise, Texas, for the missing girl.

Anyone with information on Strand is urged to contact the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at (940) 627-5971.

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