Round Rock police identify victims of suspicious New Year’s Eve deaths

Jan 01, 2018
Round Rock Police Chief Allan Banks gives an update on two suspicious deaths from New Year’s Eve.

Round Rock police on Monday identified the victims of two separate supicious deaths from New Year’s Eve and continue to ask for the public’s help in locating two abducted girls, the daughters of one of the victims.

Chief Allen Banks said police responded Dec. 30 at 10:36 a.m. to a welfare check call, made by a co-worker, to the home of Tonya Bates, 44, in the 2100 block of Leslie Court. But officers did not find anything suspicious at the time and left, Banks said.

Later that night, at about 8:30 p.m., Bates’ boyfriend called Round Rock police saying he was concerned about not being able to reach her or her children, Banks said.

Officers again went to the home, knocked on the door and searched the area and did not find a vehicle. They did not find anything suspicious, however, so they left but continued the investigation, he said.

After further investigation, on Sunday police received enough information where they felt they needed to enter the residence, Banks said. Police entered and found Bates dead in the home and determined it to be a suspicious death, he said.

Police do not know how long Bates had been dead before their arrival, but an autopsy is underway.

Bates’ daughters — 14-year-old Lilianais Victoria Cake Griffith and 7-year-old Luluvioletta Mariposo Bandera-Magret — were not in the residence at the time, Banks said. Nor was roommate Terry Allen Miles, 44, who was last seen Dec. 30 and is a person of interest in both the suspicious death and the abduction.

Banks said police believe Miles abducted the children and is possibly driving a gray 2017 Hyundai Accent with Texas license plate JGH9845. The vehicle has a hatchback with a white sticker on the upper righthand corner of the rear window.

The last possible sighting of the vehicle was in northern New Mexico or southern Colorado.

Miles is described as a white man who is 6-foot-2 and about 200 pounds with brown hair, hazel eyes, glasses and a beard. Police do not yet know the motive for the abduction. Banks said they are not aware of a relationship between Miles and Bates beyond being roommates.

“Our concern and our focus is in bringing these two girls home safe,” Banks said. “We ask for the public’s help in locating these two young girls.”

Police are asking anyone with information to call a police tipline at 512-670-5700 and anyone who spots the children to call 911.

Bandera-Magret, 7, is white, about 4-foot-5 and 75 pounds with curly brown hair, and Griffith, 14, is white, about 5-foot and 100 pounds with dirty blond hair, braces, and a nose stud in her right nostril.

In a separate case, which police do not believe is related, police responded to a call for medical assistance at the 1100 block of Preserve Place at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Police say the victim, Joshua Armstrong, was found dead by a family member, who called the police about a possible suicide.

Armstrong’s sister had previously called police because she had not heard from him, Banks said. Upon entering the home and seeing Armstrong, 37, police determined the death was of a suspicious nature.

The case is under investigation, and police do not have a person of interest, Banks said.

Note: This story has been updated with the correct year of the person of interest’s vehicle.