An Amber Alert has been issued for two girls who may have been abducted by a 44-year-old man, officials said.
The girls' mother, Tonya Bates, was found deceased in her home New Year's Eve after authorities went there in response to a welfare check.
14-year-old Lilianais Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Bandera-magret were declared missing Sunday, Dec. 31, in relation to a suspicious death.
"Our concern and our focus is in bringing these two young girls home safe", said Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks, according to the Austin American-Statesman. She has a right nose stud and braces. "I was speechless at first because that never happened next door to where I live".
Police believe Miles may be headed to Louisiana, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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Police said they believe Terry Miles, 44, is connected to their abduction. Miles was described as 6 feet 2 inches, 200 pounds, with hazel eyes, glasses and a beard.
Police said he may be driving a gray Hyundai Accent with Texas license plate JGH9845. There is also a white sticker on the upper right hand corner of the rear window. Lulu, 7, is described as hispanic, 4-feet 5, weighing 75 pounds, and having curly brown hair and brown eyes.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at 8:30 p.m.: Bates' boyfriend called the Round Rock Police Department anxious because Bates' wasn't responding and neither were her two daughters. Instead, call the Round Rock Police Department at 512-218-550 or dial 911. Law enforcement believe the children are in grave or immediate danger.
James Reid said in his KXAN interview that earlier in December 2017, police had been called to a domestic disturbance at Bates' home.