Maitlyn Gandy testified before a Texas House of Representatives committee on April 25 in support of an “Athena Alert” law – a missing child alert bill that was filed in memory of her 7-year-old daughter, Athena Strand, who was kidnapped and killed by a FedEx Driver in December.
House Bill 3556, which is sponsored by State Rep. Lynn Stucky (R-Sanger), would allow the chief law enforcement officer in a jurisdiction to issue a localized alert when a child is missing without requiring the high threshold of confirmation of an abduction needed to issue an AMBER Alert. This legislation is intended to close the gap between the time a child vanishes and an Amber Alert may be issued.
The legislation, if passed, would allow law enforcement to activate an alert in a localized area – within a 100-mile radius and contiguous counties – shortly after a child goes missing.
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00:00 Athena Alert: HB 3556
00:11 Representative Lynn Stucky
00:36 Attorney Benson Varghese
02:45 Maitlyn Gandy, mother of Athena Strand
05:06 Comments by House Committee Members