Authorities are still searching for a man and two little girls who police say are likely with him. after the children’s mother was found dead in a Round Rock, Texas, home on Sunday.
KXAN reports that 44-year-old Terry Miles was the roommate of 44-year-old Tonya Bates, who was found dead on Sunday inside her residence off of Lester Court in Round Rock. Although Miles hasn’t been officially charged with any crimes, police consider him a person of interest in the victim’s death. They also believe Miles abducted Bates’ two daughters, Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith, 14, and Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Margret, 7.
Head of St David’s confirms Tonya Bates, RoundRock woman found dead Sunday, was Patient Care Tech at WilCo location-CEO Jeremy Barclay says they’re grieving for her loss &praying for safe return of her daughters who police say were taken by roommate Terry Miles @fox7austin pic.twitter.com/fXgT3HWdYs
— rudy koski (@KoskionFOX7) January 2, 2018
Residents of the neighborhood who witnessed the police presence around the victim’s home on Sunday said that it wasn’t the first that authorities showed up to the residence. They indicated police arrived at the home two days prior to finding Bates, and looked around for her her after a co-worker called authorities and requested a welfare check. Later, Bates’ boyfriend called authorities when he hadn’t heard from her or the children.
Each time the police arrived, they didn’t find anything out of the ordinary, but information apparently led them back to the home again, and this time, they went inside and found Bates lying lifeless on a floor.
“They [the police] asked me about her and the kids, and I didn’t know too much,” neighbor James Reid said. “And then when I told them there was an actual man who lived there with them, I guess that’s when they had more police come in to look around and stuff.”
Reid said that two weeks prior, management came to the complex after calls about a domestic dispute.
“The complex people actually did come down here because they had a call come in for a domestic dispute, and they thought it was us. I was like it’s not us, so I guess it was next door.”
ACTIVE #AMBERAlert Luluvioletta and Lilianais were last seen on December 30, 2017 in Round Rock, #Texas. They may be in the company of Terry Miles. They may be traveling in a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent four door hatchback, with TX plates JGH9845, similar to the one shown. pic.twitter.com/nSClRFhpQ0
— NCMEC (@MissingKids) January 1, 2018
Authorities initially thought Miles was headed to Louisiana, but they said he could also be headed to New Mexico or Southern Colorado.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Miles was last seen driving a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas license plate, JGH9845, with a white sticker on in the upper right-hand corner of the rear view window.
Griffith has brown hair, brown eyes, braces, and a nose stud on the right side of her nose. She stands 5-feet 10-inches and weighs around 100 pounds. Bandera-Margaret has curly brown hair, brown eyes, stands 4-feet 5-inches, and weighs around 75 pounds. Miles has a beard, hazel eyes, and wears glasses. He stands 6-feet 2-inches and weighs around 200 pounds.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Round Rock police at 512-218-5516.
[Feature Photo: Terry Allen Miles, Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith, 14, and Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Margaret/Round Rock PD]