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A Texas man is wanted in connection with the disappearance of two girls and the murder of their mother. On December 30, police in Round Rock performed a welfare check on the home of Tonya Bates. There, officers found Bates dead and her two daughters missing. Authorities believe that Bates’ daughters, Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith, 14, and Lulvioletta Mariposa Bandera-Magret, 7, are with the dead woman’s roommate, Terry Miles, 44.
Miles is described as being 6 feet 2 and weighing 200 pounds wearing glasses with a goatee. It’s thought the trio may be headed to Louisiana in a grey 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas plates reading JGH9845. The public is urged not to approach Miles. Anybody with any information can call the Round Rock Police Department on 512-218-550.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Don’t Believe the Girls Went Willingly With Miles
KXAN reports that Miles has not been charged with a crime yet authorities do not believe the girls are with him willingly. Bates’ neighbor, James Reid, told the station about the crime scene where Tonya Bates’ body was found, “About a good 12 cop cars, a couple K9s, they had all this taped off. I was speechless at first because that never happened next door to where I live. Usually, you hear it, and it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s somewhere else.’ Reid said the police spoke to him, “They asked me about her and the kids, and I didn’t know too much. 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 added, “I mean at least find the kids safe, hopefully he drops them off somewhere.”
2. Miles Was Charged With Attempted Second Degree Murder in 2011
Police believe that Miles has connections in New Mexico and Southern Colorado as well as Louisiana, where the suspect used to live. KPLC reported in October 2011 that Miles had been arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder. Miles was accused of strangling his live-in girlfriend and hitting her with a “blunt object.” The woman fell into unconsciousness due to the attack, the station said. The report notes that Miles was held on a bail of $800,000.
3. The Girl’s Mother Just Returned From a New York City Vacation
According to Bates’ Facebook page, on December 17 she had returned home from a trip to New York City. Her daughters do no feature in any of her photos from the vacation. Bates says on that page that she is a nurse at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center. In a statement, the hospital’s CEO Jeremy Barclay said, “Tonya spent her days caring for patients, and we will carry on her legacy by doing what she loved—caring for our community. We are keeping Tonya’s daughters in our thoughts and prayers, along with the law enforcement officers who are working diligently to bring them home safely.”
4. Earlier in December 2017, Police Were Called to Bates’ Home for a Domestic Disturbance
James Reid said in his KXAN interview that earlier in December 2017, police had been called to a domestic disturbance at Bates’ home. Reid said the cops accidentally knocked on his door, “I was like it’s not us, so I guess it was next door.”
5. According to the Department of Justice, Nearly 900 Children Were Saved in 2017 ‘Specifically’ Because of Amber Alerts
According to Department of Justice statistics, in 2017, 897 children were rescued “specifically” because of Amber Alerts. In addition, 45 children were rescued because of Wireless Emergency Alerts. There are 86 Amber Alert systems in the United States. The alert was so named due to the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas, in 1996. There are several regional equivalents such as Levi’s Call in Georgia, named for Levi Frady and Morgan Nick Amber Alert in Arkansas after Morgan Nick.