Missing Texas girls found safe days after mother found dead


Lili, 14, and her sister Lulu Bandera-Margret, 7, were found Wednesday night after a couple spotted the vehicle driven by the man believed to have abducted them, Terry Miles. Tonya Bates, 44, was found dead in her home of apparent blunt force trauma.

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.

An AMBER alert was issued Monday for 14-year-old Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Bandera-magret.

Terry Miles is accused of abducting the girls.

When the deputy tried to pull Miles over he started driving erratically. Miles was taken into custody and transported to Denver. Video from an unnamed local business on December 30 captured Miles, but the video did not show him with the two girls.

Terry Miles
Terry Miles

The Las Animas County Sheriff's Office, the Huerfano County Sheriff's Office and the Trinidad Police Department worked together to capture Miles, according to KKTV.

Two young girls who were reported missing after their mother was found dead in their Texas home on Sunday night have been found safe almost 700 miles away, police said. Miles is a person of interest in the homicide, police said. Authorities said Miles was Bates' roommate. He's not now charged with her death, but charges could be upgraded as the investigation continues. Around 1 a.m. that day, the District Attorney's Office says Miles' mother got a text from a phone that belonged to one of the girls. Miles told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he had come home and "found" Bates dead and blamed Bates' boyfriend.

"CAUGHT!", Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks tweeted. The girls are SAFE! Child Protective Services in Colorado and Texas will be working on getting the girls home in the near future and getting them back to their family, the chief said.

"As you walked around in the incident command center, you know it wasn't IF the girls come home, it has always been WHEN the girls come home and that goes to the passion that everybody had in returning these girls here safe", Banks said. "We have a lot of questions to ask him".

He believes Miles was stalking his daughter, which is how he ended up living with her, her mother and half-sister at their Round Rock duplex.

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