The city of Round Rock ended 2017 with two suspicious death investigations, one of which involves a person of interest still at large who authorities said could be heading to Louisiana.
Police late Monday were still searching for Terry Allen Miles, 44, in connection with the abduction of two children and the suspicious death of a woman Sunday. Police did not reveal the woman’s name.
Officers responded to a check welfare call in the 2600 block of Leslie Court in Round Rock and found a woman dead inside the residence, police said. They said Miles, who was last seen Saturday, abducted two children, 14-year-old Lilianas Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Bandera-Margaret.
An Amber Alert was issued for the two children after they were reported missing Sunday night.
Lilianas was described as white , about 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, with light brown hair and brown eyes. She has braces and wears a nose stud. Luluvioletta was described as white, about 4-5 and 75 pounds, with curly brown hair and brown eyes.
Police said Miles could be heading to Louisiana in a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas license plate JGH9845. He was described as being 6-2 and about 200 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes and a beard. He might be wearing glasses, they said.
Police did not say how Miles and the two girls are related.
On Monday, neighbor Tristan Spears said he had not seen the girls outside since Christmas morning and rarely saw their parents.
“I’m a father of two, so it gets to me,” he said. “I would see the girls play on their bicycles up and down the street all the time.”
Spears and other neighbors said they saw police come to the home Saturday. It was not until Sunday when Spears said he saw police vehicles on the street and the home blocked off with crime scene tape.
Another neighbor, Antonia Quilantang, said police knocked on her door Sunday and asked if she knew anything about disturbances at the house.
“It was very shocking to me when they asked if I heard anything for the disturbance calls for violence,” she said. “I wasn’t even aware of that.”
Quilantang said family members mainly kept to themselves since moving into the house two months ago. She said that her daughters had talked to the girls only once or twice and that she would see Miles once in a while when he would take out the trash or go to work. She said she has never met their mother.
“It seems like he is the father,” she said. “But I’ve only seen him and the two girls mostly.”
Quilantang said she has not heard of anything like this happening in the neighborhood since she moved there in early 2017.
“It just seems kind of quiet around here, so it’s shocking to hear something like this happening so close to home,” she said. “It’s hurtful too because it’s two little girls. I’m a mother, and I have three myself, so I just hope they get found, and I hope he doesn’t do anything to hurt them or put them in danger.”
Anyone with information on Miles or the two girls is asked to call the Round Rock Police Department at 512-218-5516.
Round Rock police are investigating a second suspicious death that occurred Sunday night, but they said the two deaths are not connected.
Officers responded to a call for medical assistance in the 1100 block of Preserve Place in Round Rock at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, police said. A person had said a family member had committed suicide, they said.
But police determined that the death was suspicious and opened an investigation.
No further details had been provided Monday night.