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AMBER Alert issued for 2 children, both found safe in Colorado

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Published: Jan. 2, 2018 at 7:35 AM MST
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UPDATE (1/4/18):

The arrest papers were released for the kidnapping charge against a Texas man who was wanted for questioning in the death of a woman and the abduction of her two daughters. The papers revealed he claimed he texted his mother to say he found the woman dead.

The full affidavit is attached in this article.

The FBI special agent, according to the affidavit that was unsealed Thursday, said Terry Allen Miles texted his mother using one of the daughter's cellphones to say he "came home to something bad" and he left with the kids. His text blamed Bates' boyfriend.

Investigators said Miles was the roommate of Tonya Bates. Police in suburban Austin, Texas, did a welfare check on Bates Saturday at the request of her co-workers and found her dead of apparent blunt force trauma and her daughters missing.

Miles was arrested Wednesday night in southern Colorado.

The arrest papers say they were tacking the three thanks to the use of one of the girl's cell phones. An automatic license plate reader also picked up Miles' car as they were heading to Colorado.

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UPDATE 1/3/18:

An official with the Trinidad Police Department has confirmed to 11 News the two girls abducted from Texas have been found safe and a person of interest is in custody.

The Round Rock Police Department in Texas held a press conference soon after announcing the 44-year-old man identified as a person of interest in the death of a woman and abduction of her two daughters was caught.

A Las Animas County Deputy spotted the suspect vehicle in the west part of the county following a tip tied to the AMBER Alert issued Wednesday afternoon. A joint operation between the Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, the Huerfano County Sheriff's Office and the Trinidad Police Department ensued.

When authorities tried to pull the car over, the driver started driving erratically. The deputy waited for back up as authorities initiated a "high-risk traffic stop" and took Miles into custody without incident. The girls were also in the vehicle.

The girls were found "safe and sound" according to an official with the Trinidad Police Department. The Round Rock Police Deparmtnet said they are going to be taken to the hospital just to be checked out medically.

Investigators will be flown out to Colorado Thursday morning. The girls will be taken into the custody of child protective services in Colorado before going back home to Texas.

The Round Rock Police Department clarified Miles had not been officially arrested at the time of the press conference and stated he was just in custody.

Photos were released Wednesday afternoon that appear to show Miles, who's been wanted for questioning in the death of 44-year-old Tonya Bates and the abduction of her 14- and 7-year-old daughters from the north Austin suburb. Those photos were provided by a gas station in Trinidad, according to an assistant manager of the store who talked to 11 News. The assistant manager said she, along with other employees, noticed Miles in the store several times this week.

"We get people in here [the gas station] all the time so you don’t really know what people do or what they are capable of,“ the assistant manager of the gas station Gail Larsen told 11 News. “When everybody found out what was going on and that he was in the store, everybody really came together and started looking.”

11 News was with Gail when we learned the girls were found safe.

“Overwhelming joy, praise god," Larsen said when she heard the news the girls were safe. "Relief that everything did turn out. As horrible as it is, it turned out for the better.”

Miles and Bates were roommates. Her body was found Sunday at the home they shared.

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ORIGINAL STORY (1/3/18):

The two girls abducted from Texas were seen on surveillance video at a business in Trinidad on Saturday. An Amber Alert has been issued in Colorado for the two girls.

Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks provided an update related to the ongoing investigation of the two missing girls, Luluvioletta “Lulu” Bandera-Magret and Lilianais “Lily” Griffith on Wednesday afternoon.

“Our focus is going to be searching for the three of them in Colorado,” said Banks.

Authorities say Terry Allen Miles is being sought for questioning in the death of 44-year-old Tonya Bates, whose body was found Sunday at the home they shared in Round Rock, north of Austin. They believe Miles took the two girls, ages 14 and 7.

Banks said they continue to receive tips from Colorado, sightings of the three of them in Colorado.

“We continue to look at gas stations, convenience stores, rest stops, truck stops and if they see anything suspicious at that time, if they see a vehicle, matching that description, at that time, which is a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas plate JGH-9845 to please call 911 or the tipe line at 512-218-5515,” said Banks.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/2/17:

An AMBER Alert has been issued for two Texas children believed to be in danger. The two children were taken by a man who has been named a person of interest in a suspicious death. The last sighting of the three may have been in southern Colorado.

They are missing from Round Rock, just north of Austin. Police said they were called out to a home on the 2600 block of Leslie Court. Officers found 44-year-old Tonya Bates dead inside the home. The two girls were missing.

Police said they received two welfare calls from both Bate’s co-worker and her boyfriend on Dec. 30, the day before she was found dead. When police went by on that day, they say they did not find anything suspicious.

Authorities are now looking for 14-year-old Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Magret. Griffith is described as a white female, 5'0", 100 lbs, with dirty blonde hair, brown eyes, a right nose stud and braces. It's not currently known what she was last wearing. Bandera-Magret is described as a white female, 7-years-old, weighing 75 lbs at 4'5", with curly brown hair and brown eyes. It's also unknown what she was last wearing.

Police are looking for Terry Allen Miles in connection with their abduction. Miles is 44 years old, a white man, described as 6'2", 200 lbs, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a beard. Authorities said Miles wears glasses.

Miles was driving a gray 207 Hyundai Accent with Texas license plate JGH9845. The car has a hatchback with a white sticker on the upper right-hand corner of the rear window. Police have since said the last possible sighting may have been in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

One next-door neighbor in Texas said Miles was often at the home, and he believed he lived with Bates and the two girls. Police described Miles as a roommate of the victim.

"Usually you hear it, and it's somewhere else and I'm glad that wasn't me and I was nowhere near it. But this happened next door. I was just glad none of my kids or my wife was here," said James Reid.

Reid lives in the same duplex as the four people at the center of this investigation. He says they moved in about a month ago.

"If they were here, they were in the house. Most of the time they were gone," Reid said.

Reid says he would never have expected something like this to unfold in this neighborhood. However, he said there was a red flag a week before the suspicious death and AMBER Alert.

"They had a call come in for a domestic dispute. They thought it was us, but it wasn't us, so I guess it was next door," Reid said.

Round Rock Police would not confirm this call.

Right now, Reid just hopes the girls are safe.

"I don't want them to get hurt. Like I said, I got kids, and I wouldn't want that to happen to mine."

If found, police advise people do not approach the suspect and to call 911 immediately.

If you have any information regarding this abduction, call the Round Rock Police Department at 512-218-5516.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THIS MAN! He's tied to the AMBER Alert out of Texas, these are the most recent photos of him, taken from surveillance in Trinidad. Call 911 if seen. More details int he article

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Wednesday, January 3, 2018