Missing Texas girls found safe near Trinidad, Colorado
January 03, 2018 10:12 PM
ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Authorities have located two missing Texas girls missing for days, and a Texas police chief says they are safe.
Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks tweeted Wednesday night that police in Colorado caught the man who was missing with the girls, 44-year-old Terry Allen Miles. He also confirmed the safety of 7-year-old Luluvioletta Bandra-Magret and 14-year-old Lilianais Griffith.
Miles is considered a person of interest in the suspicious death of 44-year-old Tonya Bates, the girls' mother.
You can imagine how excited we are that Terry Miles was taken into custody in Colorado, and Lily and Lulu were found safe," Banks told reporters in Round Rock Wednesday night. "Many, many hours went into ensuring that these girls were found safe and, like I said earlier, our whole goal was to bring these two sisters home."
During a Facebook Live press briefing Wednesday afternoon, Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said surveillance cameras captured Miles at a business in Trinidad, Colorado. Trinidad is 24 miles north of Raton.
An Amber Alert activated in Colorado after Texas canceled its alert earlier in the day.
In a second news conference later in the night, Banks said a Las Animas County Sheriff's Office deputy around 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time spotted the gray 2017 Hyundai Accent police had sought. The vehicle then began driving erratically before the deputy waited for backup and performed what Banks called a high-risk stop.
The two girls were in the vehicle and were unharmed.
CAUGHT!!! Terry Allen Miles was caught in Colorado without incident. The girls are SAFE!!! Thank God!!— Allen Banks (@ChiefAllenBanks) January 4, 2018
Deputies in Las Animas County took Miles into custody without incident, Banks said. Child protective services in both Colorado and Texas will work to return the girls back to their family, and two Round Rock detectives will travel to Trinidad for interviews.
"As you walked around the incident command center room, it wasn't 'if the girls came home.' It's always been 'when the girls came home," Banks said. "That just goes to tell you the passion everyone had in returning these girls home.
At this point, police have yet not called Miles a suspect in Bates' death. Police found Bates' remains on Dec. 31. Banks said the investigation is ongoing.
Updated: January 03, 2018 10:12 PM
Created: January 03, 2018 03:45 PM
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