An AMBER Alert for two Texas girls who went missing after their mother was found dead has been canceled in Texas and reissued in Colorado after new information emerged. The nationwide search is now being focused on one particular region after the person of interest in the death and possible kidnapping was caught on surveillance camera.
On Saturday, police found 44-year-old Tonya Bates dead in her Round Rock home, just north of Austin, according to CBS Austin. Her death was deemed suspicious.
Her daughters, 14-year-old Lilianais “Lilly” Victoria Cake Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta “Lulu” Mariposo Bandera-Margret, are missing, and 44-year-old Terry Allen Miles is a person of interest in their possible abduction. Miles may have lived with Bates and her girls.
Their disappearance has led to a nationwide search and AMBER Alert, with tips flooding into authorities. On Wednesday afternoon, Chief Allen Banks of the Round Rock Police Department updated the media on the search.
“Our whole focuses is to get Lilly and Lulu back home safely,” the Banks said.
He thanked the public for their help in giving the police helpful tips, which led to them obtaining a businesses’ video surveillance that captured Miles in the Colorado town of Trinidad, south of Colorado Springs and Pueblo on Interstate 25. The girls were not in the Dec. 30 footage.
“We are receiving a number of tips in southern Colorado. They seem to be good tips,” Banks said but added that the search continues across the whole nation.
The police chief asked the public to keep an eye out for the three in public places like fast food restaurants, convenience stores, and truck stops. He added that Miles is still a person of interest, not a suspect, in the suspicious death of the girl’s mother. He does not have any idea where Miles may be headed.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Lily is a 14-year-old Hispanic girl with light brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 100 pounds.
Her sister Lulu is a 7-year-old Hispanic girl with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 4 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 75 pounds.
Miles is a 44-year-old white male with brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has a criminal history of domestic violence and child pornography.
"We are investigating an alleged  rape filed against him of a 13 or 14-year-old female," said Police Chief Lewis Coats in Sulphur, Louisiana.
They may be in a gray, four-door 2017 Hyundai Accent with a hatchback. The Texas license plate is JGH9845. It’s similar in appearance to the car pictured below:
If you have any information about their whereabouts or have spotted them, please call 911 or 1-800-THE-LOST. Authorities have asked anyone who sees them to not approach them.
Please pray for the girls' safety and rescue! In other news, a famous Christian couple is also asking for prayer after their children were hospitalized with dangerous illnesses.