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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Round Rock Man in Connection with the Kidnapping of Two Sisters

In Austin today, a federal grand jury indicted 44-year-old Terry Allen Miles in connection with the kidnapping of two minors, announced United States Attorney John F. Bash, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.

The federal grand jury indictment charges Miles with two counts of kidnapping.  According to court records, on or about December 30, 2017, Round Rock (TX) Police (RRPD) officers conducted a welfare check at the residence of Tonya Ellen Bates because she had not shown up for work that day as expected.  The officers subsequently discovered Bates’s body inside the residence.  Bates appeared to have suffered from blunt force trauma.  Bates was the only individual at the residence at the time of the welfare check and Bates’s 2017 Hyundai Accent was missing.  Further investigation revealed Bates had two minor daughters and a roommate named Terry Allen Miles who lived with Bates. 

At approximately 1:00 a.m. on December 30, 2017, Miles’s mother received a text message from a phone that belonged to one of the daughters.  RRPD officers obtained cell phone information on the children’s two phones.  One of the phones was located in a heavily wooded area adjacent to a Wal-Mart store located in Round Rock.  Surveillance video from the Wal-Mart showed what appeared to be Miles purchasing numerous camping-related items and then leaving the store in a vehicle appearing to match Bates’s vehicle.  The vehicle and a cell phone belonging to one of the minors were subsequently traced heading to Colorado.

On January 3, 2018, deputies with the Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Miles during a traffic stop near La Vera, Colorado.    The two minors, ages 7 and 14, were found safe in the vehicle Miles was driving. 

Miles, who remains in federal custody, faces between 20 years and life in federal prison upon conviction.  His arraignment has yet to be scheduled. 

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendant is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service – Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, and the Round Rock Police Department are conducting this investigation.  The Texas Rangers; Central Texas Violent Crimes Task Force; Williamson County (TX) District Attorney’s Office; United States Attorney’s Office – District of Colorado; New Mexico State Police Department; Las Animas County (CO) Sheriff’s Office; Southern Colorado Safe Streets Task Force; Colorado State Patrol; Trinidad (CO) Police Department; Colorado Bureau of Investigations; Huerfano County (CO) Sheriff’s Office; Archuletta County (CO) Sheriff’s Office; Pagosa Springs (CO) Police Department; Rio Grande County (CO) Sheriff’s Office; Federal Bureau of Investigation in Colorado; Durango (CO) Police Department; La Plata County (CO) Sheriff’s Office; Child Protective Services in Texas and Colorado; and, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are assisting in this investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Devlin is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

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Updated February 6, 2018