- Claire Osborn American-Statesman Staff
12:30 p.m. update: The mother of two Round Rock girls believed to have been kidnapped was a patient care technician at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, according to a statement from the hospital.
“We are grieving the tragic loss of Tonya Bates, a member of our St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center family,” said Jeremy Barclay, the chief executive officer at the medical center.
“As a patient care technician at the hospital, Tonya spent her days caring for patients, and we will carry on her legacy by doing what she loved — caring for our community. We are keeping Tonya’s daughters in our thoughts and prayers, along with the law enforcement officers who are working diligently to bring them home safely.”
Bates was found dead in her Round Rock home on Sunday, authorities said.
Earlier: Round Rock police are continuing to investigate two separate, unrelated suspicious deaths Tuesday, including one connected to the kidnapping of two sisters.
Authorities are still searching for Terry Allen Miles, 44, who police said kidnapped 14-year-old Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Bandera-Margaret. Their mother, 44-year-old Tonya Bates, was found slain at her Round Rock home Sunday in the 2100 block of Leslie Court, police said.
“The Round Rock Police Department is working diligently with state and federal law enforcement agencies to bring the two missing juveniles back safely,” police said in a statement Tuesday.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 512-218-5515.
Miles is possibly driving a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas license plate number JGH9845. The hatchback vehicle has a white sticker in the upper right corner of the rear window.
Miles also is a person of interest in the death of Bates.
Police are also investigating the unrelated suspicious death of Joshua Armstrong, 37, at the 1100 block of Preserve Place in Round Rock. Police were alerted Sunday after a family member called for medical assistance about a possible suicide.
When police entered the home, they determined Armstrong’s death was suspicious.
The case is under investigation, and police do not have a person of interest, Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks said on Monday.