Sisters Luluvioletta Bandera-Magret, 7, and Lilianais Griffith, 14, were found Wednesday in Colorado,700 miles away from their home in Texas. An Amber Alert was raised for the girls after their mother was found dead on Dec 31
Two young girls who were reported missing after their mother was found dead in their Texas home on Sunday night have been found safe nearly 700 miles away, police said.
Lilianais Griffith, 14, and Luluvioletta Bandera-Magret, 7, were found in a vehicle in Las Animas County, Colo., on Wednesday night after a traffic stop, according to Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks.
Their alleged abductor, Terry Miles, was taken into custody, Banks said.
An Amber Alert was issued for the two girls on Sunday after their mother 44-year-old Tonya Bates was found dead during a welfare check. It remains unclear when she died.
Terry Allen Miles was arrested Wednesday in Colorado, 700 miles away from Texas where he allegedly killed Griffith and abducted her daughters
Bates’ boyfriend called the Round Rock Police Department around at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, worried because she wasn’t responding and neither were her two daughters. Officers went back to the home and once again didn’t find anything of suspicious nature. Round Rock PD said there wasn’t a vehicle at the house and no one opened the door to the home.
Returning the next day police discovered Bates’ body inside her home. Her daughters were missing and police issued an Amber Alert for the sisters.
Amber alert is issued for Texas girls, 14 and 7! Cops say Terry Miles snatched Lilianais Griffith and Luluvioletta Bandera-Margaret ‘after murdering their mother at her Texas home’ on New Year’s Eve
Tonya Bates [photo] was found murdered in her xxx Texas home on New Year’s Eve and her two young daughters gone in Round Rock, Texas on Dec 31
Bates death was deemed suspicious, and Miles, who was the 44-year-old mother’s roommate, was named a person of interest.
After authorities conducted a three-day search for the girls, Las Animas County Sheriff’s deputies acted on a tip and located Miles behind the wheel with the two girls at around 7:30 p.m. local time.
Miles began driving erratically after the deputies pulled in behind him, but he was eventually taken into custody without incident, Chief Banks said.
Home on Leslie Court in Round Rock where a woman was found dead and two girls were abducted on Dec. 31, 2017
Terry Miles is accused of abducting the girls after killing their mother on New Year’s Eve and fleeing to Colorado in his late model Hyundai Accent. He was taken into custody Wednesday
The two girls were unharmed, although they will be transported to a hospital for examination.
“Child protective services will be working on getting the girls home in the near future,” Banks said.
Earlier Wednesday, Miles was identified from surveillance footage at a business in Trinidad, Colo., on Dec. 30, one day before Bates’ body was discovered.
He was eventually found about 25 miles away from Trinidad on Wednesday night.
Miles’ long criminal history dates back to 1995, when he served time for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, KXAN reported.
Amber Alert issued for the sisters
In the past decade, Miles has been arrested and charged in numerous domestic violence cases in Calcasieu Parish, southwest Louisiana. He was also originally charged with murder in 2014 but a grand jury failed to indict him in the case. His long list of priors include being charged and convictions multiple cases of domestic abuse battery. Other brushes with the law include charges for pornography involving juveniles, rape, simple battery and murder.
Miles investigators revealed has a nasty habit of strangling his victims. Police in Sulphur, Louisiana said in 2011 Miles tried to strangle the person he was dating and even went so far as to stage her attempted suicide.
It escalated in July 2014, when Terry Miles was considered a person of interest in the murder of Pamela Parker in Sulphur.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the grand jury failed to indict Miles in the 2014 murder case because they didn’t have enough evidence in the case. However, Mancuso still believes Miles is their prime suspect.
While Round Rock police have not released the manner of Tonya Bates’ death, Chief Mancuso says the modus operandi is similar, “In this particular case in Round Rock it’s also a beating, which is the same manner of death [of Pamela Parker], which was never disclosed before this time.”
“We know that he likes to beat on women because he’s got several domestic abuse, battery charges,” Mancuso said in framing the suspect’s extensive criminal background.