Police are searching for Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith and Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Magret, two children who have gone missing following the killing of their mother in Texas.
According to The Huffington Post, police had been responding to a request for a welfare check when they discovered the body of Tonya Bates. It is not clear how long Bates had been dead before her body was discovered. Police did not disclose the cause of her death.
Lili, 14, is described as hispanic, 5 feet tall, weighing 100 pounds, having brown eyes, a right nose stud and braces. Lulu, 7, is described as hispanic, 4-feet 5, weighing 75 pounds, and having curly brown hair and brown eyes.
Police are also interested in speaking with Terry Allen Miles, the roommate of Bates. He is described as 44 years old, white, 6-feet 2, weighing 200 pounds, having hazel eyes, wearing glasses and having a beard. Miles and Bates were reportedly not romatically involved.
"We believe that the two daughters are in the presence of Terry Allen Miles,” said Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks in a statement. “Our concern and our focus is bringing the two girls home safe. We ask for the public’s help in locating the two young girls.”
"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, a neighbor of Bates and Miles. "If they were here, they were in the house. Most of the time they were gone ... I don't want them to get hurt. Like I said, I got kids, and I wouldn't want that to happen to mine."
HuffPo notes that Miles has a long list of prior criminal offenses in Louisiana, including at least one arrest for domestic violence. He was arrested on attempted second-degree murder charges pertaining to an attack on a girlfriend.
Reports indicate that he has been spotted in New Mexico and southern Colorado. His vehicle is a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent hatchback with Texas license plate JGH 9845 and a white sticker on the upper right corner of the rear window.
Anyone with any information is asked to call 512-670-5700, 800-843-5678 or 911.
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