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Two Round Rock children missing after suspicious death

(PHOTO: Texas DPS)

An Amber Alert has been issued for two Round Rock 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.

Round Rock police said they were called out to a home on the 2600 block of Leslie Court. Police found 44-year-old Tonya Bates dead inside the home. The two girls were missing.

Police says 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 (Dec. 30), they say they did not find anything suspicious.

Authorities are looking for 14-year-old Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Margret. Griffith is said to be 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-Margret was 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, said to be 6'2", 200 lbs, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and a beard. Authorities said Miles wears glasses.

Miles is 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 say the last possible sighting may have been in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

One next door neighbor says Miles was often at the home, and he believes 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 never would 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.


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