Abducted Texas girls found safe in Colorado; suspect faces kidnapping charges

A Texas man wanted for questioning in the death of a woman and the abduction of her two daughters has been charged with kidnapping.

Terry Allen Miles, 44, was arrested in a remote area of southern Colorado Wednesday evening after several tips of sightings had been reported there. The two girls, ages 14 and 7, were recovered safely and taken to a hospital to be checked for injuries.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas said in a news release Thursday that Miles had been charged with kidnapping.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Denver, where Miles made his first appearance in court Thursday afternoon, said he waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Colorado and consented to being transported to Texas. Spokesman Jeff Dorschner said Miles reserved his right to have a preliminary hearing and detention hearing when he arrives in Texas.

Law enforcement officials have been looking for Miles as a person of interest in the death of the girls’ mother, Tonya Bates.

Co-workers called police in Round Rock, about 20 miles north of Austin, Texas, to ask that they check on Bates when she did not show up for work Saturday. An officer found Bates dead from apparent blunt force trauma.

An affidavit submitted by an FBI special agent seeking kidnapping charges against Miles says police contacted Bates’ family, who told them Bates’ daughters lived with her and she had a roommate, who they identified as Miles.

Police issued an Amber Alert for the girls, noting they could be with Miles and could be driving in Bates’ car, which was also missing from her home.

Special Agent Sean Mullen wrote in the affidavit that Miles’ mother had received a text message from him about 1 a.m. Saturday using one of the daughters’ cellphones.

According to the affidavit, the text read, “Mom I left with the kids and came home to something bad I think Tonyas boyfriend. I cant talk now tonya was involved in some bad stuff I will talk to you later when im safe these guys are crazy Mexicans.”

Law enforcement officials tracked the girls’ phones, finding one in the woods near a Wal-Mart in Round Rock. Surveillance footage from the store showed Miles buying camping gear, including a 10-person tent, rope and tarps, then leaving in a vehicle that matched Bates’ car.

The other daughter’s phone showed a location near two cell towers in New Mexico on January 1. A license plate reader also captured a picture of the car travelling toward…

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