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A Search is Underway; When a 7-Year-Old (Loving, Friendly) Girl Goes Missing from Her Texas Home

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A young girl who disappeared from her home earlier this week is being searched after by authorities in Texas.

Athena Strand, age 7, who was last seen Wednesday night on County Road in Paradise, was the subject of an AMBER Alert issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports, according to officials, Strand’s health and safety “are in danger”.

According to ABC network WFAA and NBC partner KXAS-TV, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin stated, Strand’s stepmother reported the daughter missing on Wednesday after realizing she was not in her room.

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After an hour of looking for the child, she called the police.

According to Akin, Strand and her stepmother had “a little bit of an argument” just before the youngster vanished. He continued that the disagreement wasn’t “something extraordinary.”

Then, according to Akin, “step-mom went to cook dinner and when she came back to collect Athena, Athena wasn’t in her room.”

According to CBS station KTVT, authorities have not ruled out the possibility that Strand was kidnapped. Akin agreed that “it may be any number of things, and we’re investigating all those possibilities.”

Authorities speculate Strand might have left the house on foot before becoming lost. However, given that the missing girl is scared of the dark, her family isn’t so sure.

According to Athena’s aunt Keeland Kulbeth, “We don’t believe Athena ran off,” she said to KXAS.

According to the NCMEC and Texas DPS, Strand was last spotted carrying a gray long-sleeve shirt with white flowers, blue jeans with white flowers on the pockets, and a pair of brown boots. On her lower back, she also has two red birthmarks.

Because Strand’s family informed the sheriff that she had previously gone off, according to WFAA, the AMBER Alert was not issued until Thursday. Overnight efforts to locate the girl proved unsuccessful.

Officials, though, are serious about finding the girl. Akin declared, “We’re not going to give up,” according to KXAS. “We will continue to work.”

Call the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971 if you have any information about Strand’s locations.